National clinical trials registry gains support

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 25, 2005

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The Assn. of American Medical Colleges recently announced its support of a single, national, federally sponsored clinical trials registry.

Jordan J. Cohen, MD, president of the AAMC, said, "It is only through a comprehensive national registry system that the needs of researchers, physicians, other health professionals and patients can be addressed reliably and consistently."

Dr. Cohen said the AAMC would like to see the federal government fund an effort under the auspices of the Secretary of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, with input from the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, academic and other private-sector experts, patients, doctors and other health professionals, and biopharmaceutical and other relevant industry experts.

In May, the AAMC advisory panel on research will look at proposals for clinical trials registries so it can make recommendations to the association.

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