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  1. Involuntary Admission and Treatment of Mentally Ill Patients – the Role and Accountability of Mental Health Review Boards.M. Botes - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (3):93-96.
    No known cure exists for COVID-19, and medical practitioners are exhausted and at their wits’ end trying to find treatments that prevent patients from ending up in hospital or intensive care, or even dying. A variety of treatments tried by medical practitioners include standard registered medicine, investigational or so-called experimental, unapproved or preapproved medicines, emergency or compassionate-use authorised medicine and pre-market approved medicine. However, the medicines that can be accessed via each of these categories are at different stages of efficacy (...)
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  2. The Omicron Hodge-Podge: Travel Bans, Vaccine Mandates, Children and Vaccine Equity.A. Dhai - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (3):75-76.
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  3. Is South Africa Ready for the Future of Human Germline Genome Editing? Comparing South African Law and Recent Proposals for Global Governance.T. Kamwendo & B. Shozi - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (3):97-100.
    Over the past few years, developments in the science of precise editing of human genomes using CRISPR-Cas9 have led many countries that lack specific laws in this area, such as South Africa, to contemplate legal reform. Thaldar et al. recently published five principles to guide legal reform in SA on heritable genome editing. In a similar vein, concerns about the global impact of human germline genome editing have led to calls for a global regulatory mechanism. This is what the World (...)
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  4. Mechanisms for Sustainable Post-Trial Access: A Perspective.P. Naidoo & V. Rambiritch - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (3):77-78.
    Clinical trials are essential to establish the safety and efficacy of investigational products, contributing to risk/benefit assessments that ultimately determine whether these products meet the criteria for market authorisation. Clinical trials are also an important source of revenue and expertise generation for countries in which they are conducted. In developing countries, they represent substantial foreign direct investment. In spite of the substantial capital input that clinical trials require, the issue of funding post-trial access to beneficial therapies remains contentious, especially in (...)
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  5. Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building Partnership for Portuguese-Speaking African Countries (BERC-Luso): A Pioneering Project.M. Patrão Neves & J. P. B. Batista - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (3):79-83.
    Biomedical research has a strong impact on a country’s scientific-technological and socioeconomic development. It can make a significant contribution at three different levels: promotion of public health; the exchange of knowledge within the scientific community; and economic/ financial profitability. Africa only attracts ~3.3% of the world’s clinical research. This small proportion is due to, among several factors, the absence of two fundamental aspects: specific robust legislation and capacity for regulatory and ethical evaluation. There are five Portuguese- speaking African countries – (...)
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  6. Corruption in the Public Health Sector in South Africa: A Global Bioethical Perspective.R. Rheeder - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (3):79-83.
    It is clear that corruption as the abuse of power is an enormous bioethical issue in the public health sector in SA, but as a challenge, it has not elicited much discussion from a global bioethical perspective. The Universal Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights on corruption considers three matters. First, the existence of corruption as a problem of power is recognised in the health environment and condemned. Second, corruption is indicated as an immoral phenomenon that harms the interests of (...)
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  7. Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response in South Africa: A Review of Recommendations for Legal Reform Relating to Data and Biological Sample Sharing. [REVIEW]M. Steytler & D. W. Thaldar - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (3):101-106.
    COVID-19 exposed flaws in the law regulating the sharing of data and human biological material. This poses obstacles to the epidemic response, which needs accelerated public health research and, in turn, efficient and legitimate HBM and data sharing. Legal reform and development are needed to ensure that HBM and data are shared efficiently and lawfully. Academics have suggested important legal reforms. The first is the clarification of the susceptibility of HBM and HBM derivatives to ownership, including, inter alia, the promulgation (...)
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    Involuntary Admission and Treatment of Mentally Ill Patients – the Role and Accountability of Mental Health Review Boards.M. Swanepoel & S. Mahomed - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (3):84-88.
    The involuntary admission or treatment of a mentally ill individual is highly controversial, as it may be argued that such intervention infringes on individual autonomy and the right to choose a particular treatment. However, this argument must be balanced with the need to provide immediate healthcare services to a vulnerable person who cannot or will not make a choice in his or her own best interests at a particular time. A study carried out in Gauteng Province, South Africa, highlighted the (...)
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    Ivermectin and the Rule of Law.D. W. Thaldar - 2021 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 14 (2).
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