Title

Ethical and Theoretical Paradoxes in Human Behavioral Pharmacological Research: Commentary on Fischman and Johanson's Ethical and Practical Issues Involved in Behavioral Pharmacology Research That Administers Drugs of Abuse to Human Volunteers

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Behavioural Pharmacology

Volume

9

Issue

7

Publisher

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Publication Date

1998

First Page

503

Last Page

507

Abstract

All of us engaged in human behavioral pharmacology research recognize both the importance of the work and the profound responsibility that comes with the administration of drugs to human volunteers. The ethical treatment of research volunteers, the minimization of risk to those volunteers, and interactions with various regulatory bodies are required for us to continue our work. However, learning what is involved in the ethical treatment of volunteers, how to minimize volunteer risk, and how to interact with regulatory bodies are skills that usually have been acquired from working with mentors and by proposing and conducting research. This 'lab lore' way of learning the ethical and practical considerations in human behavioral pharmacology research is appropriate given the relative youth of the field.

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