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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

On 13 June 2019, Dr Kathy Liddell (LML Director) will participate in a workshop on Medical Ethics and Compassionate Use in the UK.

The workshop, organised by Roche Products Ltd. and facilitated by the Pembroke Corporate Partnership Programme, aims to design a consistent and sustainable approach for responding to requests to supply medicines to patients outside of their approved MHRA licence; either where the product is in development and not yet approved, or for a different indication to the one for which it is already licensed.

Participants from Roche and the University of Cambridge will use compassionate use as a focal point in considering the supply of medicinal products to patients who have a disease with no satisfactory authorised therapies, and who cannot enter clinical trials. Compassionate use will be considered from legal, ethical and philosophical standpoints. 

As part of the day, Dr Liddell will deliver a talk titled 'Legal and Policy Issues for the Compassionate Supply of Drugs'. Other Cambridge academics presenting perspectives include Dr Stephen John and Dr Jacob Stegenga, both from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.