The ethical dilemmas of compassionate use of investigational drugs are under fresh scrutiny by patients and other stakeholders. Legal permission to apply for access to trial medicines does not provide for just process: access routes tend to favour those with resources or privileged contacts with decision-makers. In 2015, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and New York University Langone Medical Centre partnered to pioneer a compassionate use model that prioritises justice and fair decision-making: The Compassionate Use Advisory Committee (CompAC). In its first year, the CompAC reviewed compassionate use applications from around the world for an experimental drug treatment for multiple myeloma. Companies, patient advocates, IRBs and policymakers have expressed interest in extending the CompAC model into other settings and agents. Dr Amrit Ray, Chief Medical Officer of pharmaceuticals at J&J and Prof Arthur Caplan, NYU Professor of Bioethics tell the story of why CompAC was formed and how it works. They will provide a frank evaluation of its outcomes and challenges and forecast the future implications of the model for IRBs, industry, academia and health policy. Respondents will provide perspectives on the CompAC model from the UK patient/carer community and from health law and policy.
Professor Chas Bountra: Professor of Translational Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine; Head of Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Oxford
Dr Amrit Ray: Chief Medical Officer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Professor Arthur Caplan: Drs William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics; Langone Medical Centre, New York University
Deborah Binner: Journalist and Patient/Carer Advocate
Daniel Greenberg: Parliamentary Counsel (TBC)
Professor Ilina Singh: Professor of Neuroscience and Society, University of Oxford
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
If coming by car from the east, M40 Junction 8 or 8a, take the A40 then A420 to Headington Centre and follow signs for Churchill Hospital which will bring you to the Old Road Campus. From the north, M40 Junction 9, take A34 then A40 Northern ring road, turning off at Marston (B4150), then B4495 towards Headington and follow signs to Churchill Hospital. From the south and west, approach from the A4142 Eastern ring road and B 4495.
The Campus can be found by following signs to the Churchill Hospital. The Richard Doll is a big, white, modern building, and adjacent to Old Road Campus Research Building. The entrance to the Doll building is exactly opposite the entrance to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.
Park & Ride
There is pay-and-display parking on-site, however at busy times it may be advisable to park at Thornhill Park & Ride, one mile east of Headington, Oxford, on the A40. At Thornhill there is a bus no. 600 going to the “Churchill Drive” stop (marked as “600” on below map) or it is possible to pre-order a taxi and drive to the campus (10 mins).
The Campus is three miles from the mainline station at Oxford (allow 15 mins by taxi from the station forecourt).
001 Taxis 01865 240000
Radio Taxis 01865 242424
Royal Cars 01865 777333
Press “CTSU” bell to gain access to building. The Lecture Theatre and Atrium are on the ground floor, to the left as you enter from main entrance.