UK will lose clinical trials if electronic records system is delayed, ABPI warns

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1132
  1. James Butcher
  1. London

    The drug industry will carry out fewer trials in the United Kingdom unless electronic patient records can be deployed quickly throughout the NHS, warned Richard Barker, director general of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Dr Barker was speaking last week at a meeting organised by the UK Clinical Research Consortium on the use of electronic patient records for research and to improve health.

    Dr Barker said that other countries are now able to host good quality trials at a much lower cost than is possible in the UK, and he believes that an NHS-wide electronic patient record system could be hugely attractive to …

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