Foster-Child Safeguards Violated

The government has concluded that at least some AIDS drug experiments involving foster children violated federal rules designed to protect vulnerable youths from the risks of medical research.

The Office of Human Research Protections in the Department of Health and Human Services concluded that Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, where several foster children were enrolled in drug studies in the 1990s, failed to obtain and evaluate whether it had proper consent, information and safeguards for the foster children.

The researchers' "records demonstrate a failure . . . to obtain sufficient information regarding such safeguards with respect to the enrollment of wards of the state or foster children," the agency concluded.

Panel Sends Judge's Name to Senate

On a party line vote, the GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday sent the nomination of Judge Terrence W. Boyle to the U.S. Appeals Court to the floor for confirmation, leaving Boyle, of North Carolina, vulnerable to a possible Democratic filibuster.

Boyle, a U.S. District Court judge who wants a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, advances to the full Senate for confirmation on the 10 to 8 partisan vote in committee.

Democrats have said that a party-line vote in committee leaves judicial nominees open to a filibuster, although they have not said whether they plan to block Boyle, a former aide to retired GOP senator Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina.

-- From News Services