Clinical trials seen shifting overseas

Int J Health Serv. 2004;34(3):555-6. doi: 10.2190/N8AU-6AG6-30M9-FN6T.


A Tufts University study released in mid-2003 indicates that increasing numbers of clinical trials for U.S.-produced pharmaceutical are being conducted outside the United States, mainly by contract research organizations. This process speeds up clinical trials, but raises ethical issues of the possible coercion or exploitation of more vulnerable and naive patient populations.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic* / ethics
  • Contract Services / ethics
  • Drug Industry / ethics
  • Drug Industry / organization & administration*
  • Ethics, Research*
  • United States