Academics complain that NHS R&D departments are damaging UK clinical trials

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 05 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4232
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

    Several professors in pharmacology and drug development have attacked NHS Research and Development departments calling them wasteful.

    In an open letter published in the Times (2 August), four academics accused the departments of using inexperienced staff and working outside 2004 clinical trials legislation.

    “If the NHS wishes to cut wasteful expenditure it needs look no further than its misnamed ‘research and development’ departments,” the letter began.

    It went on to explain how a single proposal for a blood pressure drugs trial, had proliferated into “almost 100 R&D [research and development] submissions”—a process that took two years.

    “Since trial participants achieve better blood pressure control, are better protected from strokes and …

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