Tuesday, May 8, 2007

50,000 Clinical Trials Go Public

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it was improving access online to data on clinical trials in the wake of high-profile cases of drugs being tested with possibly harmful side-effects.

A new Web site aims to help researchers, doctors and patients obtain reliable information on high-quality clinical trials, it said in a statement.

Currently a "significant proportion" of trial research is never published, meaning doctors can lack information about treatment options, according to the United Nations agency.

Initially, data from 50,000 clinical trials provided by three registers -- in Britain, Australia/New Zealand and the United States -- have been put on the WHO site, which is www.who.int/trialsearch.


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