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US government calls for tighter regulation of clinical trials

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1849
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The US Department of Health and Human Services is calling for tighter regulation of clinical trials.

    The current system is outdated and unwieldy and leaves hundreds of thousands of research participants inadequately protected, according to the department in a recent report. In a meeting with a congressional subcommittee, George Grob, deputy inspector general for evaluations and inspections, said: “The long established system for protecting human research subjects has vulnerabilities that threaten its effectiveness. …

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