Patients will enter clinical trials sooner

The DoH has announced a revised model clinical trials agreement, which allows earlier recruitment of hospital patients in to industry-sponsored drug trials.

Drug trial agreement
It is hoped that the new agreement will allow patients to gain faster access to new treatments and will save the NHS money in a more streamlined system.

The agreement is launched in partnership with the NHS, The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry and the Bio Industry Association. It will allow NHS trusts and drug companies to work inside a clear framework.

Health Minister Andy Burham said: ‘The agreement represents a good example of Government, the NHS, universities and industry working together to enhance the UK clinical research environment for the benefit of NHS patients.’

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