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US loses clinical research crown as trials move to eastern Europe and developing countries

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4155
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The United States “has slowly lost pace with the rest of the world,” when it comes to clinical research, a meeting heard on 7 October.

    Jeffrey Drazen, editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, who made the comments, added, “We were at one time seven leagues ahead of everyone else, and now I think we are in a horse race where we can see the competition.” He was speaking at the opening of an Institute of Medicine workshop designed to examine the state of clinical research in the US, to identify strengths and weaknesses, and to consider transformative strategies for improving the ways …

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