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Safety monitor fear, drug trials

20th March 2008

Experts say that more needs to be done to monitor safety during drug trials on children.

A team from Nottingham University looked at 739 trials and found that only 2% of them had set up independent safety monitoring committees with the others relying on internal monitoring. Writing in the journal Acta Paediatrica, the researchers said this was “unacceptable� and that independent oversight was essential.

However, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry said that the procedures which were currently used were adequate.

 

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