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My 11/5/13 reply to the Barbados Ministry of Health's 10/4/13 letter (attached) re: "Heimlich for asthma" study conducted on dozens of kids

My 11/5/13 reply to the Barbados Ministry of Health's 10/4/13 letter (attached) re: "Heimlich for asthma" study conducted on dozens of kids

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My 11/5/13 reply to the Barbados Ministry of Health's 10/4/13 letter (attached) re: "Heimlich for asthma" study conducted on dozens of kids
My 11/5/13 reply to the Barbados Ministry of Health's 10/4/13 letter (attached) re: "Heimlich for asthma" study conducted on dozens of kids

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November 5, 2013Patson AlleynePermanent Secretary Ministry of Health (MOH!ran" #alcott $%il&in'%llo&en )oa&, St* Michael$arba&os, #est +n&ies ear Mr* Alleyne-)e- .Heimlich mane%ver for asthma/ st%&y + receive& yo%r October , 2013 letter (attache& on October 2, 2013 via *S* Postal Mail* han" yo% for yo%r ans4ers to the %estions in my !ebr%ary 12, 2013 letter to yo%r a'ency* #o%l& yo% 6lease res6on& to these a&&itional %estions, 6referably via e7mail81 )e- this %estion in my letter-
Would your office please direct me to or provide me with a copy of all guidelines regarding the use of human subjects for medical research conducted in Barbados?
 9o%r letter &i& not incl%&e this information* #o%l& yo% 6lease a&vise a66ro:imately 4hen + may e:6ect to receive it82 9o%r letter state&-
 Please be informed that when the study was conducted, there was no formal Institutional Review  Board/ommittee in place in the !inistry of "ealth# "owever an application in the form of a letter was submitted to the !inistry and the research was approved by the then research committee of the !inistry# $his  Research ommittee comprised of %r# Beverly !iller, now retired hief !edical &fficer, %r# "arold White 'deceased( and Professor )#R# Walrond#
 #o%l& yo% 6lease 6rovi&e me 4ith a co6y of that letter an& co6ies of all other &oc%ments re'ar&in' the st%&y8 Please re&act any confi&ential 6atient information*3 9o%r letter state&-
 It should be noted that permission was obtained from the parents whose children were enrolled in the study#  *ttached is a copy of the guidelines for the study#
)e'ar&in' yo%r claim that .6ermission 4as obtaine& from the 6arents 4hose chil&ren 4ere enrolle& in the st%&y,/ is yo%r claim base& solely on the abstract of the st%&y 4hich yo% attache& or &oes the MOH have a&&itional &oc%mentation an&;or information to s%66ort yo%r claim8 +f the latter, 4o%l& yo% 6lease 6rovi&e me  4ith com6lete& co6ies of all 6ermission letters from the 6arents8 Please re&act any confi&ential 6atient information* +f the MOH &oes not have co6ies of the 6ermission letters, 4o%l& yo% 4rite to st%&y a%thor r* Anne St* <ohn an& r* e:ter <ames, =O of >%een =li?abeth Hos6ital (4here the st%&y 4as con&%cte&, as" them to 6rovi&e  yo% 4ith co6ies, an& inform me of the res%lts8 3 Accor&in' to the article
 by staff re6orter Maria $ra&sha4, $arba&os S%n&ay S%n, ecember 1@,2012-
 In an email to this newspaper, '%r# +t# ohn( stated that the study did receive approval from the local  Institutional Review Board###and that the !inistry of "ealth was carrying out an investigation into the matter####
Per an A%'%st 13, 2013 item on my blo', since November 1, 2012, +Bve sent m%lti6le in%iries to r* e:ter <ames, =O of >%een =li?abeth Hos6ital, as"in' for the name of the +nstit%tional )evie4 $oar& (+)$ an& 4ho hea&e& it* +Bve never receive& the information, therefore, 4o%l& yo% 6lease 4rite to r* St* <ohn an& r* <ames, as" them to 6rovi&e the name of the +)$ an& 4ho hea&e& it, an& inform me of the res%lts8
 
han" yo% for yo%r contin%e& attention an& + loo" for4ar& to yo%r re6ly*Sincerely,Peter M* Heimlich3@30 )iver Hollo4 )%n%l%th, Ceor'ia 300@SA 6h- (20D7D23e7mail- Peter*HeimlichE'mail*com 4ebsite- htt6-;;me&fra%&*info blo'- htt6-;;the7si&ebar*comcc- he Honorable !re%n&el <* St%art MP, Prime Minister of $arba&osheryl o: Mac6herson Ph, Presi&ent, $ioethics Society of the =n'lish7S6ea"in' aribbean=li?abeth #oec"ner, iti?ens !or )es6onsible are an& )esearch, +nc* (+)A)=Professor =*N* $arton, =&itor7in7hief, #est +n&ian Me&ical <o%rnal r* onal& Simeon, r* * <ames Hos6e&ales, aribbean P%blic Health A'ency Maria $ra&sha4, $arba&os S%n&ay S%n
 
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October 4, 2013 Mr. Peter M. Heimlich 3630 River Hollow Run Duluth, Georgia 30096 USA Dear Mr. Heimlich,
Re:
 "Heimlich Maneuver for Asthma" Medical Study
I wish to refer to your correspondence dated February 12, 2013 concerning "the Heimlich Maneuver for Asthma" medical study and the following issues which you raised:
i. Was the study approved by the Ministry of Health's ethics committee? If 
 so,
 on what date? Who was in charge of the committee? it. Would your office please obtain the name of the Institutional  Review Board and the name of the individual in charge of the board and provide the information for me?  Hi. Would your office please direct me to or provide me with a copy of all guidelines regarding the use of human subjects for medical research conducted in Barbados? iv. Woidd your office provide me with a determination whether or not the "Heimlich maneuver for asthma" study was conducted in compliance with those guidelines? .../2

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