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Drug test methods questioned by NICE

17th October 2008

The chairman of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, has called for new ways of assessing how effective drugs are for patients.

In a speech to the Royal College of Physicians, Sir Michael said drug trials had been placed on an "undeserved pedestal" and added: "It is scientific judgement, conditioned of course by the totality of the evidence, that is at the heart of making decisions about the benefits and harms of therapeutic interventions."

 

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