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Law and BioethicsCurrent Legal Issues Volume 11$
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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545520.001.0001

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Nanomedicine—Small Particles, Big Issues: A New Regulatory Dawn for Health Care Law and Bioethics?

Nanomedicine—Small Particles, Big Issues: A New Regulatory Dawn for Health Care Law and Bioethics?

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(p.376) 20 Nanomedicine—Small Particles, Big Issues: A New Regulatory Dawn for Health Care Law and Bioethics?
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Law and Bioethics
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Jean V McHale

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso:acprof/9780199545520.003.0020

This chapter considers the potential benefits, problems, and regulatory challenges posed by the use of nanotechnology and nanoscience in medicine. It argues that there are different views as to whether nanotechnology can be truly regarded as ‘special’ or ‘different’. It is really too early to resolve the question of whether this is truly a brave new regulatory dawn for health care law and bioethics. However, there is a range of pertinent issues that need to be addressed as pinpointed at both national and EU level in the many reviews as to the validity of such technologies, their safety, and the broader implications in relation to issues as diverse as patenting, informed consent, and confidentiality.

Keywords:   bioethics, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, regulation

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