US to shed light on Guatemala syphilis experiment

By REUTERS
August 29, 2011 19:06




WASHINGTON - A US presidential commission will release on Monday its findings on a government research project that deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates and mental patients with syphilis in the 1940s.

The conclusions have consequences for US diplomacy and will impact the ethical discussion surrounding how new drugs are tested on patients, as manufacturers increasingly conduct clinical trials abroad.

The United States formally apologized last year for the experiment, which was meant to test the drug penicillin, after it was uncovered decades later by a college professor.

Guatemala condemned it as a crime against humanity and said last year it would consider taking the case to an international court. Victims of the study are suing the US government.


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