Category: Publications 19 May 2021

Patient safety is paramount in drug trials

In a recent article in the New Scientist clinical trials supplement Dr Jorg Taubel, Scientific Lead at Richmond Research Institute, highlights the importance of reducing the risk to patients in phase I clinical trials.

As medicines become more personalised it will become necessary to conduct phase I trials directly with the target population. This must be approached with caution and improvements to phase I to trial design must be made before transferring the well-established healthy volunteer tool kit to patients who will often have complicated medical histories.

The drug action must be fully understood before conducting first in human trials.

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