Drug, medical device trials that doctors rely on flawed, analysis shows

Posted by Sarah Showard | Aug 09, 2012 | 0 Comments


A new analysis concluded that many of the reports that are conducted on new drugs and medical devices come from studies conducted on a small number of patients in clinical trials with less-than-reliable methods and, often, missing data!

Dr. Robert Califf of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute in Durham, N.C., told Reuters Health that these medical studies are what many doctors rely on in setting guidelines for preventing and treating diseases. Most of those guidelines and major medical decisions aren't supported by credible clinical trials, which should be larger in scope and more consistent, he said.

Califf's study focused on records of nearly 41,000 trials on drugs, medical devices or “lifestyle interventions” for heart disease, mental health conditions registered on a government website from 2007 to 2010.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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