Accession Number : ADA338029

Title :   Adverse Reactions to HIV Vaccines: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Issues.

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA338029

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 201

Abstract : AIDS researchers are investigating new vaccines that would prevent infection with HIV and reduce the spread of AIDS. Some have argued that product liability concerns have discouraged investment in HIV vaccine research and development. The purpose of this OTA background paper is to describe the current state of development of HIV vaccines, and to discuss what is known about adverse reactions that may occur. The background paper provides an overview of ethical issues that arise in the conduct of HIV vaccine trials. The report also discusses alternatives to the current product liability system to encourage the development of HIV vaccines and to fairly compensate those who are harmed as a result of adverse reactions to the vaccine. This background paper was prepared in response to a request from the Subcommittee on Health of the House Ways and Means Committee. It is eleventh in OTA's series of studies on HIV-related issues.

Descriptors :   *ADVERSE CONDITIONS, *HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUSES, *VACCINES, *ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME, *INFECTIOUS DISEASE TRANSMISSION, EDUCATION, ECONOMIC IMPACT, INFECTIOUS DISEASES, INSURANCE, BIOTECHNOLOGY, MEDICAL RESEARCH, PUBLIC HEALTH.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Pharmacology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE