Moving the needle on diversity in clinical trials: Where do we go from here?

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Enhancing patient diversity in clinical trials has become a key priority in drug development. The main concern is that critical data that includes underrepresented patient populations is being left out as many clinical trials do not reflect all populations that may eventually take a therapy. These underrepresented groups consist of women, including those who are pregnant and lactating, pediatric and elderly patients, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and racial/ethnic groups specifically, Black/African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders.

As a result, the U.S. government has taken increased measures with the passage of the Food and Drug Omnibus Report Act of 2022 (FDORA), which will require sponsors to submit diversity plans to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all late-stage st…

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