Drug trials in healthy volunteers

Format: Researchers
2-17 Don’t confuse “no evidence” with “no effect”
Language/s: 3-4 - How certain is the evidence?
Resource Link: View the Video
Short Description:

A 6-minute video illustrating an early phase clinical trial in healthy volunteers.

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This is in the BBC ‘Bitesize’ series ‘Class Clips’, for Science 2-GCSE. A doctor working in a Contract Research Organisation – Richmond Pharmacology –- describes a clinical trial of a drug that is already in use to treat osteoporosis. No mention of the method of treatment allocation. Good description of the need to use a placebo to achieve blinding. Mentions the importance of publishing the results of the study, even if they are disappointing to the sponsoring drug manufacturer.

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