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Fighting against age discrimination in clinical trials

Cherubini, Antonio
Del Signore, Susanna
Ouslander, Joe
Semla, Todd
Published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2010, vol. 58, no. 9, p. 1791-1796
Abstract At the American Geriatrics Society 2008 Annual Meeting, representatives of two geriatric societies, the European Union Geriatric Medicine Societies and the American Geriatrics Society, and two regulatory agencies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicine Agency, conducted a roundtable discussion aimed at reviewing the participation of older people in clinical trials. This article summarizes the important issues discussed at the meeting. Historically, regulatory agencies started to promote the inclusion of older participants in clinical trials in the late 1980s. The identification of the causes of delay in including older participants in clinical trials, as well as of the ongoing bias against including older participants with multiple comorbidities, is important to help geriatricians fight against age discrimination in clinical trials. To overcome this problem, geriatrics societies and regulatory agencies must work together to propose new definitions, study designs, and technologies aimed at improving the evaluation of drugs in older people with multiple comorbidities and polypharmacy.
Keywords Aging/*psychologyClinical Trials as Topic/legislation & jurisprudence/*methodsEthics, MedicalGeriatrics/*legislation & jurisprudenceHumans*Patient Selection*Prejudice*Societies, Medical
PMID: 20863340
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CHERUBINI, Antonio et al. Fighting against age discrimination in clinical trials. In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2010, vol. 58, n° 9, p. 1791-1796. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03032.x https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20843

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