Poorer cancer patients less likely to have access to experimental drug trials

Published on December 6, 2012 at 3:28 AM · No Comments

Reuters: Fewer Poor Cancer Patients Referred For Drug Trials
Among people with advanced cancer, poorer patients are less likely to be referred for clinical trials of experimental drugs, a new study from the UK suggests. Because those early trials will eventually help regulators decide if drugs should be approved for a wider population, it's important that test patients be representative of people the medications are designed to treat, researchers said (Pittman, 12/4).


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