Human guinea pigs? On the occasion of Rennes drama, an explanation of what the drug trials in France and how they are controlled.
Weighing the evidence.
Meta-analyses that combine many different studies are the gold standard for medical evidence. But they are only as good research they examine.
Events disturbingly similar to the thalidomide tragedy continue to occur.
Tighter regulations of medicines and devices have prevented countless deaths and disabilities. But regulation can't always protect us from harm.
Women would prefer a product that addresses multiple sexual and reproductive health risks at the same time.
Scientists are developing various products that can provide contraception and protection from sexually transmitted infections and HIV at the same time.
A new treatment for achondroplasia is helping to transform many kids' lives.
A collaboration between research and industry has produced a promising new drug that could transform many childrens' lives. It's also a case study in innovation done right.
In most African countries, there is no oversight body for the pharmaceutical marketplace.
Africa's pharmaceutical industry has mushroomed in the last ten years. But its ability to keep pace with demand is being held back by a number of factors, including a shortage of specialists.
The concept of benefit sharing ensures that all who take part in research have sone form of gain from it.
Research should not only benefit the researchers. People who participate in research should also be compensated for the contributions.
When it comes to stem cells, the ways that informed consent has been obtained in the past are not sufficient and improvements are needed.
A health worker injects a woman with an Ebola vaccine during a trial in Monrovia, February 2 2015.
Was the Ebola vaccine 100% effective, or 100% lucky? The good money is on a percentage somewhere in between, but in truth, we will never know.
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We are engaged in one of the great struggles of human knowledge – to liberate clinical trial data.
The cheapest and most efficient means of conducting clinical trials lies in outsourcing to the ‘developing’ world.
On Human Experiments – As demand grows for newer and better drugs for an expanding range of conditions, so too does the need for clinical testing.
High costs are used to justify high drug prices.
Ever wonder how much it costs to develop a new drug? The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development estimates US$2.6 billion. But how accurate is this figure?
In the world of big data, the amount of paperwork for consent is old hat.
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In the world of big data and fast communication, why can't box ticking be made easier for researchers?
Clinical trials rely on statistics to show whether drugs are more effective than placebo pills. But how can we be certain?
Statistics are valuable tools for researchers - but may not be as reliable as we think. New research suggests the widely-used P value is inappropriate.
There are ways non-scientists can assess if the research underlying big claims about cancer cures stacks up.
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Cancer is big news; we often hear of some kind of cure for some version of the illness. But whether it’s a “natural cure” or a promising molecule on its way to becoming a new medicine, there are ways non-scientists…
Tourism isn’t just for sunshine and beaches. It can also be for unapproved medical interventions.
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Medical tourism is the practice of seeking medical care across international borders. Countries with established medical sectors like the US, Europe, India and Thailand have been traditional destinations…
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In the last six months Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan and, most recently, Arizona have passed “right to try” laws that allow terminally ill patients to access treatments that have only passed…
Vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea are common chemotherapy side effects that can be so severe that patients may refuse further treatment.
It’s unthinkable to give a placebo to someone to treat their cancer, but could we use one to treat chemotherapy’s well-known side effects? Unfortunately, we may never be able to answer this question because…
Overcoming gaps in medical funding.
Disease can affect any person, rich or poor. While your bank balance can’t really protect you from getting sick, it could potentially buy you – and many other patients – access to a better treatment for…
Pills ok during pregnancy? We can’t know if we don’t study them.
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Imagine being pregnant while having a chronic health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, depression or asthma, or being diagnosed with an illness while pregnant. Amazingly, your doctor may not know…