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  • Ethics Guidance Released on Access to Drugs in Covid-19 Response

    Posted on July 16, 2020

    Hastings Center national advisory group offers guidance on issues of relief of suffering during Covid-19 outbreaks New ethical guidance from The Hastings Center responds to the challenges of allocating therapeutic and palliative medications under conditions of scarcity during Covid-19 outbreaks. The Hastings Center produced this document with an advisory group of leading health care ethicists… Read more

  • A Perilous Moment for Our Nation

    Posted on June 6, 2020

    Mildred Z. Solomon, EdDPresident, The Hastings Center We are at an exquisitely painful moment in the history of our nation. The pandemic, widespread poverty, racial discrimination, even hatred, are tearing us apart and calling on us to find a new way forward. A new way to trust one another. The United States has a huge,… Read more

  • New Ethical Questions and 21st Century Genomics

    Posted on May 28, 2020

    The Hastings Center hosted a special virtual discussion on “New Ethical Questions and 21st Century Genomics” on Thursday, June 4. After the atrocities of Nazi medical experimentation, the Nuremburg Code of the 1940’s established the importance of voluntary, informed consent by research participants. The Belmont Report of the 1970’s, as well as the original ethical,… Read more

  • Covid-19 Crisis Triage—Optimizing Health Outcomes and Disability Rights

    Posted on May 20, 2020

    Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon and two Hastings Center fellows address concerns that crisis triage protocols aimed at allocating scarce health care resources to save the most lives could be biased against people with disabilities. Their article offers policy recommendations for triage protocols that save the most… Read more

  • We Must Test, and Do It Differently, to Re-open the Nation

    Posted on April 23, 2020

    This week at  “Re-Opening the Nation: What Values Should Guide Us?” — an online Hastings Conversation, experts said the Covid-19 pandemic posed two interconnected existential threats: to our health and to our economy, both of which require that we dramatically gear up in a war-like footing to contain the virus. Massively ramped up testing is… Read more

  • Physicians Honored for Outstanding Care of Patients Near the End of Life

    Posted on April 23, 2020

    In this period of global struggle as health care professionals are putting their lives on the line, we are pleased to honor five exemplary physicians who specialize in care of patients near the end of life. It seems particularly important to continue this tradition during the coronavirus pandemic. The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards honor… Read more

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