Film Viewing Guide: Medical Experimentation
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NAME: Amanda M. Robbins
FILM: The Constant Gardner
What are the Ethical Issues in the Film?
There are numerous ethical issues in “The Constant Gardner,” which include all of the principles of medical ethical being violated. To begin with the film highlights the ethical issues today of drug testing human beings, more explicitly the topic of this film is international human testing without informed consent from the patient. Which is illegal to force humans to be guinea pigs to find out if a medication will be effective, lethal, cause side effects, or if there will be a resistance to the drug. The entire film illustrates that human’s right to consent may or may not be honored depending on who is involved and who controls the power. Also, in order for humans to gain medical advances there has to be voluntary and involuntary human tests that come with a price of the effect of the drug on the given humans. Dr. Kass argues exceptionally well, that humanity should reevaluate ethics used in “distributive justice” (Kass, 26), “use and abuse of power” (Kass, 27-30), and “voluntary self-degradation and dehumanization” (Kass, 31-36). There is no doubt that Kass believes that scientists have the power to create new technology for what they may think is the “betterment of mankind,” but have no way of knowing what price humanities worth will be relieved.
In this film, the main characters Justin, was able to complete his wife Tessa’s research to expose the Kenyan government had merged groups with a company called KDH, which is a pharmaceutical company, and Three Bees, a medical testing company, to test innocent Africans with a drug called Dipraxin that had not been approved by the FDA, to test a trial tuberculosis drug on Africans to test the side effects of the drug. The drugs eventually kills numerous Africans, then the dead are secretly gotten...
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