Vote NO on Proposition 71

Prop 71 changes standards for patient informed consent and rights

All medical studies involving human subjects must inform the patients about every aspect of the procedures to be used. These safeguards were enacted to prevent abuse of patient rights. All researchers receiving federal grants must comply with the informed consent standards established by the National Institutes of Health. Proposition 71 will initially require grant recipients to comply with these federal regulations. However, there is a scary clause in the text of the initiative that provides for "modifications to adapt to the mission and objectives of the Institute."1 We don't understand how the mission and objectives of the Institute should be any different than any other medical research funded by the federal government, which should require any changes in informed consent standards. There should never be a need to modify the safeguards that protect patient rights while participating in medical research.


Reference

  1. ARTICLE 1. California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act
    125281.06 Medical and Scientific Accountability Standards
    (1) Informed Consent Standards for obtaining the informed consent of research donors, patients, or participants, which initially shall be generally based on the standards in place on January 1, 2003, for all research funded by the National Institutes of Health, with modifications to adapt to the mission and objectives of the Institute. (Source: The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act)