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Letters Wastage in clinical trials

Clinical surgical trials need to be encouraged

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h282
  1. Santhanam Sundar, consultant oncologist1
  1. 1Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK
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The problem is that not enough surgical trials are being attempted.1 In oncology, high quality evidence from a randomised controlled trial is mandatory before any new drug is licensed.2 All new drugs need to jump through many regulatory hoops before they can be licensed …

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