The FDA is bypassing longstanding ethics rules and allowing medical researchers to experiment at will on those seeking medical treatment, without their knowledge or consent.
Most vulnerable will be those patients who are too ill or injured to speak for themselves. Researchers are only required to make prior public disclosures of their activities. A posting on Craigslist.org is considered legally sufficient.
Researchers have done just that in King County, Washington. That means that some, perhaps all patients are automatically enrolled in research studies, unless they opt out in advance. To opt out, you must know which study administrators to contact.