Stopping Clinical Trials in Inflammatory Bowel Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Not a Responsible Act

J Crohns Colitis. 2020 Jun 25;jjaa127. doi: 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjaa127. Online ahead of print.


The intense competition for resources to combat COVID-19 has greatly reduced access to health care for patients with other diseases. After the disastrous overrun of hospitals through COVID-19 patients in some jurisdictions, availability of resources for "elective" medical procedures including care for the chronically ill have been greatly reduced in many places as a pre-emptive measure before or during the blooming of infection clusters. Pharmaceutical companies have either stopped recruitment or even cancelled ongoing clinical trials in chronic diseases. Pre-emptive triage and its impact on medical ethics is discussed in the framework of care for inflammatory bowel disease.