Researchers have been too reticent to include pregnant women in clinical trials of vaccines, contends the working group behind the report. “Even for the vaccines we now recommend in pregnancy, pertussis and flu, the original trials did not include pregnant women,” says Carleigh Krubiner, a bioethicist at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, who is part of the group, “This project is trying to be more proactive.”

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Pregnant women are classified as a ‘vulnerable’ group

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“Only less than 8 percent of enrollees are Hispanic, even though Hispanics comprise 17 percent of the population,” said Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, director of NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

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Did the Zika virus put a heavier burden on women than it did on men when the virus swept through Brazil? A new report by Human Rights Watch argues that the answer is yes

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Time to call in the ethics experts. That’s what the Wellcome Trust did in supporting the formation of the “Ethics Working Group on Zika Virus Research & Pregnancy.” Consider this a Justice League of ethics, vaccine, infectious disease, Zika, and OB/GYN experts that included Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, Annie Lyerly, MD, MA,, and Maggie Little, BPhil, PhD, The website lists other members of the Working Group.

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Expecting More

October 11, 2016

Pregnant women have been excluded from the clinical research agenda for too long, say bioethicists and medical specialists. Spurred on by the Zika crisis, they are pushing to close that knowledge gap. Featuring our Ruth Faden

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Anne Drapkin Lyerly and our Carleigh Krubiner & Ruth Faden comment on the rapid spread of Zika virus, and the importance of ensuring that the needs of pregnant women are uppermost in prevention plans, including research with pregnant women to secure reliable information

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