The post-Brexit liberalisation of #clinicaltrials could be the way to a bolder ambition for the UK

There is much post-Brexit talk of using our new-found political independence to liberalise clinical trials in the U.K. We can cut ourselves free of all that terrible EU red-tape that has weighed us down. Or so the argument goes. We can be quicker and more efficient than other countries. We will be more attractive to… Read More The post-Brexit liberalisation of #clinicaltrials could be the way to a bolder ambition for the UK

EU issues draft guidelines on providing clinical trial results so you and I can understand them #clinicaltrials

You probably don’t need to hear another thing about the EU, do you? (By the way what a terrible EU referendum campaign it is – have you ever heard such hyperb******s from our politicians?) But this really is a good thing. Following the passage of the new EU Clinical Trials Regulation, the European Commission has started… Read More EU issues draft guidelines on providing clinical trial results so you and I can understand them #clinicaltrials

Consent for medical research comes under scrutiny yet again: time for ethics committees to stop second-guessing the public?

This is a really interesting study published in PLOS ONE today.  Eessentially it’s a survey of the attitudes of 2300 participants in TwinsUK (a national biobank) to giving their consent to medical research.  The full paper can be found here. The results of the survey would seem to highlight what has been a growing theme in the… Read More Consent for medical research comes under scrutiny yet again: time for ethics committees to stop second-guessing the public?

Government pushes forward with review to speed up availability of innovative medicines and treatments

Two posts in one day!  Ah, those were the days when we got two Post Office deliveries a day…. Just to say the Government has published the full terms of reference for its Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review to be headed up by Sir Hugh Taylor who is currently Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’s.  Yes, that’s… Read More Government pushes forward with review to speed up availability of innovative medicines and treatments

Less haste and more speed is better for research and better for patients

The Government has today announced an Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review, beginning in early 2015. The Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman MP, has set out a bold vision for cutting drastically the time it takes to develop and give patients access to new medicines and innovation. This news release lays out the basic aims… Read More Less haste and more speed is better for research and better for patients