Broader Rules Urged for Research Involving Children

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The Institute of Medicine in Washington is urging broader restrictions on medical research involving children. In a report, the institute says rules designed to protect
youngsters from risky or unethical studies should be extended to all pediatric studies.

Current regulations cover only research that receives federal funding. In an effort to increase participation by children in research studies, some institutions have offered youngsters gift certificates at toy stores, and others provide payments to families ranging from $200 to $1,000.

Dr. Charles Prober of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation says many research centers follow federal ethics guidelines voluntarily, and welcome the I0M report because it stresses the need for more research involving children.