Do I detect a slight fumble of the ball in today’s Commons Select Committee report on clinical trials?

Not for the first time I was awake at 3am this morning. Cup of tea in hand, watching American football.  It's amazing how those players keep the ball when so many other players are piling on top of them.  Rarely do you see the thing break free.  They must practice for hours.... The House of Commons... Continue Reading →

New websites launched for people looking to join a clinical trial; but will patients want a ‘coming together’ at some point?

This week, patients got a couple more options for finding out about clinical trials they can take part in. Patientslikeme (which was launched in the United States a few years ago) has unveiled its new new clinical trials site which you can find here.   Patientslikeme is capturing a lot of attention here in the UK... Continue Reading →

OECD wades into clinical trials debate, but statement on public involvement goes awol

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) yesterday waded into the increasingly feverish debate about the regulation of clinical trials with a strongly worded recommendation calling on its members to harmonise approval processes.  The recommendation which is worded with the minimum of fuss, is backed by a more detailed explanatory memorandum. But I am... Continue Reading →

Patients need apply – European Medicines Agency (EMA) next steps on clinical trial data

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published the note of the conference held in London a few weeks ago, about its plans for proactive publication of clinical trial data. It is now setting up five advisory groups and inviting self-nominations from people to join these.  You will find the following listing of the advisory groups, plus... Continue Reading →

Current Controlled Trials (CCT) appoints new advisory board

Current Controlled Trials (CCT), which aims 'to increase the availability, and promote the exchange, of information about ongoing randomised controlled trials worldwide,' has appointed a new advisory board to help it in its work.  Other than yours truly, the Board includes Ben Goldacre and Paul Wicks (PatientsLikeMe) among its members, and is drawing on international... Continue Reading →

Australia launches new clinical trials website for consumers and it’s not as good as the UK’s (UKCTG)

We do beat ourselves up on a regular basis in this country.  Sometimes appropriately.  But often the punches fly a little too freely. Australia have launched a new clinical trials website today to boost patient recruitment.  It has strengths.  But it is not as good as our own UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG).  For one... Continue Reading →

DH and charities reach acoRD over medical research costs

Divvying up the costs of conducting research in the NHS funded by medical research charities is an intricate business.   Who pays for that research nurse, their time in administering the extra treatment required in a clinical trial, the procedures and equipment needed as part of its conduct, the oversight and governance needed to ensure that things are done... Continue Reading →

Behavioural matters: pharma could learn its way out of its ‘slump’ by working more closely with patients

I thought this short piece by David Shaywitz in US Forbes Magazine was terrific. David examines three problems identified by the pharmaceutical industry as holding them back, and proposes solutions to each.  The first seems to follow on neatly from my blog on Saturday which looked at the venture philanthropy tactics being pursued by charities to... Continue Reading →

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