Saturday, September 29, 2007

Report faults FDA oversight of drug trials


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A report to be released on Friday finds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does very little to ensure the safety of patients who help test drugs in clinical trials, The New York Times reports.

It quotes Daniel Levinson, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, as saying FDA officials do not know how many clinical trials are being conducted and have audited fewer than 1 percent of the testing sites.

FDA inspectors often show up long after the tests have been completed, the Times quotes the report as saying.

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