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Targacept Turmoil

Quality Questions Bedevil Developing World Trials

By Catherine Shaffer
BioWorld Insight Contributing Writer

Monday, November 21, 2011

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Run a Phase II clinical trial and reduce your costs by as much as 10-fold. A top academic medical center in India charges only $1,500 to $2,000 per case report, less than one tenth the cost at a second-tier U.S. medical center. And trends show a majority of clinical study sites are now located outside the U.S., many in developing countries, especially Eastern Europe, Russia and India.

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