Drug Trials are commonly carried out using human subjects as well as animals – to see if the substances they contain will help alleviate suffering.
Drugs are not always a cure; they are useful though in certain circumstances to slow the progression of certain diseases, lessen pain, help allergies, asthma, stress, sleeplessness etc., etc., etc.
Having said all that, I believe drugs are often not the panacea they are sold to us as!
It does not take Blind Freddie to do a basic Google search using the term “drug side effects” to come up with “About 54,200,000 results (0.05 seconds) “ Many of these ‘hits’ will take you to web pages listing known side effects of many of the ‘ordinary’ medications we might take daily.
It pays to know what you take, and what the possible side effects – if there are any – you might be subject to. I would call this ‘informed consent’. You are informed about the risks involved in taking a particular drug and then – you consent to taking it, knowing the advantages and the disadvantages.
Having introduced my topic now, let me take you to a realm of absolute fear.
The unborn child within the mother’s womb is about to be used – without consent, as a test subject to see if taking Statin Medication will reduce the incidence of a condition known as preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.
Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy), though it can occur earlier. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are outdated terms for preeclampsia. HELLP syndrome and eclampsia (seizures) are other variants of preeclampsia.
What we have here folks is a non consensual drugs trial being carried out on a foetus who is (normally) less than 32 weeks.
The world’s first trial on statins in pregnancy will involve 128 pregnant women in the UK diagnosed with very early-onset pre-eclampsia, which occurs in women who are less than 32 weeks pregnant.
The trial, led by Edinburgh University, involves clinicians from Birmingham University, University College London Hospital and Queen Mary, London University.
Professor Asif Ahmed, who is leading the study, stressed that until the results were available, pregnant women who think they may be susceptible to pre-eclampsia should not ask their doctor to prescribe statins.
Professor Asif Ahmed, of Edinburgh University’s centre for cardiovascular science, said: “This is the first stage, but we are confident that taking a scientific approach to find a way to alleviate pre-eclampsia would enable us to prolong affected pregnancies, improving the outcome for both the baby and the expectant mother.
“If successful this could help provide cheap, widely available therapy against pre-eclampsia which could help reduce maternal and infant deaths across the world.”
Professor Max Parmar, director of the Medical Research Council’s clinical trials unit, said: “The MRC supports trials which drive the translation of discoveries made in the lab into real benefits for public health.”
Statin Drugs are well known to cause many serious side effects in adults, including but not limited to liver damage, muscle wasting, heart muscle damage, brain damage, and disruption to the synthesis of (enzyme) COQ10.
Only yesterday I put up my thoughts on how statins could do serious damage to the human brain by causing cholesterol depletion in that most important function of the human body. Now we discover the scientists want to use unborn human foetuses as living experiments.
Someone better tell these mother’s what these drugs do to the human body. Have they been fully informed about the serious risks they are putting themselves and their unborn babies through?
I understand how threatening preeclampsia is; how life threatening to both mother and baby – YES I KNOW, but do they really know what this drug can do to them and their child? Do the scientists? NO of course not – hence the reason they need living test subjects to try their theory out on.
Thalidomide was once thought to be perfectly safeand helpful for expectant mothers and their unborn children – need I say more on that subject?
Life begins, as far as I am concerned, at conception. For nine months the unborn child is nurtured and nourished in the mother’s womb. The human body tries to give all the required nutrients to ensure life will ensue – normally, with grace, dignity and health.
We all know that from time to time things go terribly wrong at the cellular level, and babies are born with malformations, both physically and mentally. This is a sad accident of nature.
You cannot convince me that using a known dangerous substance – drug, one that can and does affect cellular growth and brain function, is not a serious breach of ethics!
Does the unborn have any rights? the right to life maybe? Is anyone asking the foetus if it wants to be a guinea pig? a test subject?