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Older people are wrongly excluded from drug trials

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1360
  1. Christiane Rehwagen
  1. BMJ

    Age discrimination exists in many aspects of elderly people's health care, a conference in London heard last week. Peter Crome, professor of geriatric medicine at Keele University and president elect of the British Geriatrics Society, was speaking at a conference on medication for frail older people organised by CCC, a group representing commercial, charitable, and public service organisations in London.

    “The [National Service Framework] for older people is clearly against discrimination on the grounds of age, but there are many examples which show a different reality.” Professor Crome explained. The common imposition of upper age limits for clinical trials was an important form of discrimination, he …

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