Tuesday, September 14, 2010

James Watson on the Regulators

"Prior to receiving an Honorary Doctorate from University College Cork, Watson told journalists that he was in favour of less regulation for clinical trials as this could speed up the process of finding a cure for cancer: 'We're terribly held back on clinical tests by regulations which say that no one should die unnecessarily during trials; but they are going to die anyway unless we do something radical. I think the ethics committees are out of control and that it should be put back in the hands of the doctors. There is an extraordinary amount of red tape which is slowing us down. We could go five times faster without these committees.'"
It's not about protecting the patients, it's about protecting the bureaucrats...