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    Ethnic considerations in paediatric clinical trials

        A happy Asian family smile at the camera: global clinical trials need to respect local cultural values
    As the medicines industry is global, It is important for all involved in the paediatric research process to respect the cultural etiquette of the volunteer children and their families – wherever in the world they might be. E.g. the age of consent and age of assent to research can vary from country to country.

    There is also the sensitive issue of research being performed in countries where free health care may not be available e.g. some parts of USA, former Soviet Bloc countries, Africa, India. Is it ethical to enter a child into a study if the sponsor company is not going to continue supplying either the tested drug or other appropriate medication afterwards? These are huge ethical dilemmas which will vary from project to project. Great wisdom is needed by the sponsor companies, ethics committees, local researchers and regulatory authorities.

    Please click here for advice and help regarding ethnic considerations if you think I can assist your paediatric clinical trial.

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