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One of your subjects is half way through a study of an investigational antidepressant that is injected weekly. the drug requires a taper-down regimen, that is, it should not be stopped abruptly. you learn that the subject will be admitted to prison next week prior to the next scheduled injection. what is the appropriate response for the researcher?

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  • The researcher should contact prison authorities of the medical issue , and report the events to the IRB of record.

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  • Answer:

    The researcher should contact prison authorities of the medical issue , and report the events to the IRB of record.

    Explanation:

    When doing scientific research it is important that treatments are not stopped before the appropriate time, because if treatments are stopped, the results of the research will be compromised and may be incorrect. For this reason, in the case of the above research, it is important that research on the antidepressant drug should not be stopped abruptly, even if one of the research participants needs to be arrested for a crime.

    In this case, it would be ideal for the researcher to contact the penitentiary authorities of the medical issue and report the events to the registered IRB, so that his research was valid.

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