Selecting participants when testing new drugs: the implications of age and gender discrimination

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    Abstract

    Pharmaceutical products are rigorously tested for safety and efficacy prior to being licensed for use. During this testing process the archetypal research subject is a young male; women and older people are less frequently invited to participate. This is especially true at the early stages, but can also occur in the later phases of drug testing. This paper considers the reasons for the relative under-representation of these groups, and the legal implications of failing to include as research subjects the very types of people who will ultimately consume these drugs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)130-134
    Number of pages5
    JournalMedico-Legal Journal
    Volume70
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002

    Keywords

    • Drug testing
    • Women
    • Older patients
    • Legal liability
    • Medical research
    • Clinical trials
    • Health
    • Discrimination

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