sexta-feira, 28 de setembro de 2007

Novamente, despreocupação com a segurança de ensaios clínicos

The New York Times (acesso livre) revela que investigação federal nos EUA mostrou novamente que o FDA, a agência reguladora de medicamentos, é leniente no acompanhamento de ensaios clínicos. Abaixo, trecho da reportagem.
The F.D.A. has 200 inspectors, some of whom audit clinical trials part time, to police an estimated 350,000 testing sites. Even when those inspectors found serious problems in human trials, top drug officials in Washington downgraded their findings 68 percent of the time, the report found. Among the remaining cases, the agency almost never followed up with inspections to determine whether the corrective actions that the agency demanded had occurred, the report found. “In many ways, rats and mice get greater protection as research subjects in the United States than do humans,” said Arthur L. Caplan, chairman of the department of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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