Cary Presant, MD
Clinical trials help community practices attract patients, inspire oncologists, and lower costs, but forming a program can be daunting to the uninitiated. The key to success: Enter the process as informed as possible, oncologists say.
Is your practice thinking of getting involved—or more involved—in clinical trials? Then read on to learn what you need to know in this how-to guide from Oncology Business Management.™ We compiled an overview of how these trials began and where they stand today, along with advice from 4 medical professionals on how to build a successful program.
Clinical Trials: Then and Now
In 1931, a milestone in achieving a controlled clinical trial in the United States took place surrounding an evaluation of the effectiveness of sanocrysin, a gold compound, as a tuberculosis treatment. Over the next several years, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was founded and Congress passed a law forbidding pharmaceutical companies from marketing drugs unless they had been tested successfully in human trials.
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