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HELSINKI DECLARATIONS VIOLATED BY FDA ACTS, TAHOMA CLINIC SAYS

HELSINKI DECLARATIONS VIOLATED BY FDA ACTS, TAHOMA CLINIC SAYS
 KENT, Wash., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Agents of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who raided Tahoma Clinic in Kent last Wednesday not only forced temporary closure of the facility, but also caused the ethical principles of the Helsinki Declaration of the World Medical Association to be violated, according to Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., of the Tahoma Clinic.
 Wright, the founder and chief physician of Tahoma Clinic, said the FDA acts violated the ethical principles of the Helsinki Declaration concerning professional care combined with medical research.
 The internationally known physician quoted the particular provision (Sec. II, Par. 1) to state: "In the treatment of a sick person, the physician must be free to use a new diagnostic and therapeutic measure, if in his or her judgement it offers hope of saving life, re-establishing health or alleviating suffering."
 The Declaration, of which the American Medical Association is a signatory, binds the physician with the words, "The health of my patient will be my first consideration." The principles, first adopted at the 18th World Medical Assembly in Helsinki, Finland, in June 1964, guide physicians in professional care and biomedical research.
 Tahoma Clinic, founded in 1973, is reopening today, although many services may be limited until some of the seized property is returned. Agents, armed with guns and a search warrant, confiscated a truckload of items, including injectable, preservative-free B vitamins, minerals and glandular extracts, non-invasive allergy and sensitivity-testing equipment, instruction manuals, patient records and the hard drive from the clinic's central computer system.
 Supporters of alternative medicine and an individual's right to choose nutritionally oriented health care, outraged at the FDA action, have rallied behind Wright.
 A nonprofit consumer group, Citizens for Health, 206-922-2457, has established a legal defense fund in Wright's name. The Tacoma-based organization said it has received hundreds of calls and letters of support from around the world. By Saturday, more than 2,000 transmissions had been sent to a White House fax line which was set up to receive public comment.
 Wright's attorneys have demanded an immediate retraction of statements made Friday by FDA Regional Director Roger Lowell. He alleged Wright may have been involved in the distribution of potentially lethal, contaminated substances -- a charge attorneys say is clearly libelous.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: The full text of the Helsinki Declarations is available by calling 206-869-5839.
 /CONTACT: Jonathan Wright of the Tahoma Clinic, 206-631-8920; or Cheri Brennan of Alliance Communications, 206-869-5839, for Tahoma Clinic/ CO: Tahoma Clinic; U.S. Food and Drug Administration ST: Washington IN: HEA SU:


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