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New Rule Triggers Debate Over Best Way to Test Drugs

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Science  14 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5613, pp. 1651-1653
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5613.1651

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Plans to protect U.S. military forces against the effects of nerve gas attacks are focusing attention on a new government policy that exempts some drugs from being tested for efficacy on humans. Critics worry that the policy will turn people into guinea pigs, but government officials and drug manufacturers see it as a safe way to approve products that would otherwise never reach the market.