NIH Interference Is Cited in Federal Efforts to Protect Research Subjects

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Complaints about a U. of Alabama study on premature babies led the Office for Human Research Protections to question the university. Then, emails show, the NIH intervened on the researchers’ behalf.

The federal agency charged with protecting patients in medical trials is being challenged over its effectiveness and independence, in new fallout from an experiment suspected of endangering hundreds of premature infants.

Government email records obtained by a private watchdog group depict the agency, the Office for Human Research Protections, or OHRP, as yielding to pressure from the National Institutes of Health—including from the NIH’s director, Francis S.