Drug trials in healthy volunteers
A 6-minute video illustrating an early phase clinical trial in healthy volunteers.Key Concepts addressed:
- 2-1 Comparisons are needed to identify treatment effects
- 2-4 Comparison groups should be treated equally
- 2-5 People should not know which treatment they get
This is in the BBC ‘Bitesize’ series ‘Class Clips’, for Science 2-GCSE. A doctor working in a Contract Research Organisation – Richmond Pharmacology –- describes a clinical trial of a drug that is already in use to treat osteoporosis. No mention of the method of treatment allocation. Good description of the need to use a placebo to achieve blinding. Mentions the importance of publishing the results of the study, even if they are disappointing to the sponsoring drug manufacturer.