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(Dec. 19, 2005 ) _ Researchers at Yale and the National Institutes of health say Black and Hispanic patients are being left out of clinical trials for drugs and medical treatments.
A study has found that minorities are not asked to take part very often, have less information about studies, and face transportation, child care and other problems.

The study is to be published in the February 2006 issue of Public Library of Science.

Researchers say that increasing the diversity of test samples is important for drug development and testing. Results must account for different responses due to gender, age and race.

One researcher says that if the medical trials involve rich, white men, you end up with a medicine cabinet full of medicines for rich, white men.

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Kicka P. (358)
Wednesday December 28, 2005, 8:29 am
I have mixed feelings about that. Part of me feels bad, like they are being robbed, but then the other part of me feels they are lucky they aren't being the Guinie Pigs of the world of science.
My thing is, if they are being left out, then how are they (Sciencists) come up with their statistics, such as higblood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and so forth in terms of who is most likely to get them or who is at the highest rick. Makes me think they (Scientists) might just be writing any old number down.

Francisca H. (60)
Wednesday December 28, 2005, 8:57 am
This does not come as a surprise to me. Sadly, medicine is ultimately a business and you cater your business to the client you feel will be able to pay more.


Tammy S. (16)
Wednesday December 28, 2005, 10:44 am
Why!!!! this is just wrong and an outrage!

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