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WORSE THAN WALMART?

Sharing, learning make for better clinical trials

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Monday, December 30, 2013
The reliability of preclinical research, or lack thereof, has received a lot of attention recently as one of the challenges of the biomedical research enterprise. But clinical-stage research, unfortunately, suffers from rather massive problems of its own. Speaking at the National Institutes of Health recently, Robert Califf shared a sobering assessment with his audience about the U.S. health care system, how it gathers evidence and what that means for Americans. “Most of our decisions are not supported by good evidence,” he told the audience.

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