6,485 Overseas Clinical Trials and Counting

In 2008, there were 6,485 clinical trials overseas which looked at drugs intended for American use. In 1990, there were only 271.

And no one keeps track of all those trials. Data is made available on a purely voluntary basis, with unknown accuracy.

According to the New York Times:

“It used to be that clinical trials were done mostly by academic researchers in universities and teaching hospitals ... Today it is mainly independent contractors who recruit potential patients both in the U.S. and -- increasingly -- overseas. They devise the rules for the clinical trials, conduct the trials themselves, prepare reports on the results, ghostwrite technical articles for medical journals, and create promotional campaigns.”

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