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bigredbruce

The harm to an individual dying patient I imagine is certainly mitigated by their severe disease circumstances - but even for such a patient it is not hard to imagine circumstances where a drug might speed death or cause additional side effects. But the real harm I think occurs with the next patient and the patient after that if you have a therapy repeatedly being administered that doesn't work. In that sense, it also harms the science and knowledge base if you can't or aren't measuring that effect.

Fran

If the patient is dying with no other treatment available....what's the harm? None to the patient. Then to whom? Hmmmmm, let me guess.

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