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Bioethics experts call on GoFundMe to ban unproven medical treatments

December 9, 2019 | Media News

Assistant Professor Patricia Zettler was recently quoted in an article by The Verge titled, “Bioethics experts call on GoFundMe to ban unproven medical treatments.”

“Harvard Law professor I. Glenn Cohen, suggests steps GoFundMe may take to upend its “ethical problem.” They concede that expecting the platform to independently evaluate evidence for medical claims would be expensive and difficult,” the article reads. “Instead, they propose a “white list approach,” only allowing people to raise money for regulated treatments or those cleared by the FDA for a special program called expanded access.

“There may be some challenges to implementing,” says Patricia Zettler, a law professor formerly with the FDA who is unaffiliated with the report. “But, as they say, we shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good…these are sensible suggestions.”