Fondazione Zoé

Some judiciary sentences have proposed the return to the problem of defensive medicine. We should first clarify the difference between passive and active defensive medicine. The first happens when a doctor prescribes an excessive number of lab, radiology or other tests and/or a series of useless or excessive drugs, aiming only to legally protect themselves. […]

Human biological material is increasingly important in scientific research. From blood samples, isolated cells or parts of the human body we can extract essential information to improve diagnostics and treatments, above all in oncology. But, as well as being important, there is also an increasing risk that, through the analysis of these biological materials, we […]

I don’t know if you’ve noticed how so-called “informed consent” is managed in hospitals… obviously it won’t always be how I’m about to describe it, but… You are given a sheet of paper to sign, not always by the doctor treating you or the person responsible on the ward, thinking of it as a formality […]

Following guidelines is not enough to absolve a doctor from responsability. prof. Giampaolo Azzoni A recent sentence by the fourth penal sector of the Supreme Court (n.8254 of 4 March 2011) declared a new (and highly problematic) principle: respecting guidelines is not enough to absolve a doctor from responsibility. The sentence also confirmed another, consolidated […]

On 24 November 2010, the European Parliament in plenary session voted on the European Commission proposition that aims to allow Information to Patients. “Patients must have better access to high-quality information on prescription medicines in the future” said Members of the European Parliament. This means providing objective information on a drug’s characteristics and the treated […]



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