November 06, 2008
Children and Clinical Trials
I was delighted to hear about this new resource for children and parents about the issues, concerns, and importance of participating in clinical trials to help determine what is truly safe treatment for children. The idea that it is important to go beyond simply reducing dosage according to weight, and to assess the true impact of differences in children's minds and bodies is one that has been recognized for a long time but reaches new prominence and authority with this endorsement from our government. Bravo!
Children and Clinical Trials: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/childrenandclinicalstudies/index.php
"Children have often had to accept medicines and treatments based on what is known to work in adults. As a society, we should not agree to this "hand-me-down" approach. Many efforts are being made to provide proper research for children, to find the best treatments, drugs, and devices for them.
Research in children has helped to save lives and improve health. Children no longer suffer from many common childhood diseases like polio, measles or the flu as they did in the past. Therapy for childhood cancers and premature babies has improved survival and quality of life for children.
You may be wondering what clinical research is. This is the way that drugs, devices or other treatments like behavior therapy are tested in humans to see if they are safe and effective. This site will help you to find out about clinical research in children...no more hand-me-down research."
Posted by pfa at November 6, 2008 11:01 AM