Medico-Legal Issues and Ethical Challenges in the Practice of Nanomedicine
Ambika Prasad Patra*
Corresponding Author: Ambika Prasad Patra, Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research, India
Revised: November 01, 2019;
Citation: Patra AP. (2019) Medico-Legal Issues and Ethical Challenges in the Practice of Nanomedicine. Adv Nanomed Nanotechnol Res, 1(S1): 05.
Copyrights: ©2019 Patra AP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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The field of nanomedicine is unique and emerging subject. Nanomedicine, as a subject has taken an abrupt leap in recent years owing to its wide array of application potential. It has tremendous potential in revolutionize the modern medical practice. Nevertheless, there is no clear-cut law or medicolegal guidelines as to address adverse outcomes of this practice except dealing it with the principles of natural justice. Many countries across the globe do not have a defined legal procedure to deal with the medicolegal issues arising out of practice of nanomedicine. One conspicuous observation about the practice of nanomedicine is so many potential risks, viz. chances of unforeseen risks and side-effects, absence of a defined regulatory framework and universal ethical policy, chances of arising legal loopholes during incorporating nanomedicine into a legal framework, etc. Simultaneously, it may potentially be accompanied with some medico-legal issues in its application; as the long-term effects and other unknown outcomes of practice of nanomedicine is yet to be evaluated. Something being applied to the patient care without the knowledge of its outcome is certainly warns of potential risks of ethical and medicolegal issues. Therefore, a thorough research is highly warranted before implementing nanomedicine into modern day medicine practice. There is a perceivable information-gap in the viewpoints of specialists from the medical, legal and ethical aspects the nanomedicine. This presentation is meant for filling-up information-gap among all its stakeholders across the disciplines.


Keywords: Nanomedicine, Risks, Ethical, Medicolegal, Challenge, Medicine