April 26, 2006
Clinical Trials: Private vs. Public
An LAT opinion piece advocates for publicly-funded research though not to the exclusion of private research.
What's needed is a new Institute for Effective Medicine, which would need to be modeled on the Federal Reserve Board or the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect it from political pressure. Its mission would be threefold. It would serve as a new, independent source of research dollars for medicine. It would provide independent evaluation of data generated by industry. And it would oversee the creation of clinical practice guidelines, a manual of proven "best practices" for physicians devised entirely without industry influence.
(Thanks to my colleague Katharine Van Tassel for the pointer.)
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