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A Registry for Clinical Trials

Susan Chollar
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Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(8):701-702. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-8-199804150-00038
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Patient advocacy groups scored a victory last November with the passage of the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] Modernization Act of 1997. One section of that law-Public Law 105-115, Item 17: (82), Section 113 “Information Program on Clinical Trials for Serious or Life-Threatening Diseases”-calls for the establishment of a federally funded database containing information on both government-funded and privately funded clinical trials of drugs designed to treat serious or life-threatening conditions. In the future, the registry may also include clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of medical devices. It will be established and operated under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health and will include information on trial sites, eligibility criteria, and contact persons for each ongoing clinical trial.

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