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The bad news is that the racial mythology, the medical exploitation of black bodies for profit, and even the instances of medical sadism that threatened African Americans in the past has been exported to Africa. The recent history of medical research in Africa parallels closely that of African Americans in the United States a century ago. Colonialism and its residual racism and class separations have isolated black sin hospitals or hospital wards away from whites, just as segregated hospitals once provided exclusively black subjects for white doctors. Laws that offered few or no protections for abused blacks have emboldened unscrupulous physicians and researchers who put curiosity and profits above the rights and welfare of their black patients. Western physicians, scientists, and pharmaceutical companies need large pools of people for Phase I trials, and the have swarmed to Africa as they once flocked to prisons.

U.S. researchers who can no longer conduct trials at home without intense scrutiny from the FDA and the news media have moved their operations to sub-Saharan Africa to exploit the public-health vacuum that once condemned black Americans. …

The Third World has become the laboratory of the West, and Africans have become the subjects of novel dangerous therapeutics. In 2002, the hormones of “bushmen” were mined for potential weight-loss therapies; human grown factor was tested on Pygmies before being used on Western children; and Depo-Provera, although a carcinogen, was tested on Zimbabwean women before it was introduced into the United States as a reproductive injection.American firms tested artificial blood on unsuspecting black South African hospital patients, at the cost of at least twenty deaths. Harvard tested HIV therapies through research that would have violated ethical requirements for Americans.

Some of the research on Africans by Western scientists has been more subtle but equally troubling from an ethical perspective. For example, trypanosomaisis, or sleeping sickness, kills as many as half those it infects in the central African regions of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Melarsoprol, the only effective treatment, is a very toxic compound of arsenic and anti-freeze tat kills one in five people who take it. By 1995, the pharmaceutical firm Aventis had completed reserach demonstrating that its drug eflornithine was effective against sleeping sickness, although not against cancer, as the firm had hoped. But the company decided to abandon its use against trypanosomiasis, due to high production costs and low profits. It began seeking other profitable uses for the drug, and U.S. researchers soon found one: Eflornithine effectively banished facial hirsutism in women. Aventis and later Bristol-Myers Squibb began marketing the drug as Vaniqa, because many American women were able to part with fifty dollars a month to keep their faces free of hair, while few Africans were able to pay fifty dollars monthly to save their lives.

Harriet A. Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (via thecurvature)

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