US launches new clinical trials database
The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have jointly set up a database of all US clinical trials for serious illnesses, stated to be the most comprehensive central listing available.
The action is a result of the Food and Drug Modernization Act of 1997, which required the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a registry of the clinical trials being conducted for both the governmental and private sectors.
“This is the single place you can go where the most important information, we hope, will be available to everybody,” said Dr Donald Lindberg of the National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world, which is running the registry.
The website contains information on about 4000 studies being conducted at 47 000 sites nationwide, most of which are sponsored by the National Institutes of Health or universities. More studies, particularly trials run