Breaking down barriers: Prioritizing diversity in clinical trials

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Diversity in clinical trials is crucial for ensuring that new medical treatments are safe and effective for all populations. Last year, the FDA released draft guidance that aims to improve the enrollment of historically underrepresented populations in clinical trials.

Demand is growing for more transparency and diversity in clinical trials, according to Erin Leckrone, senior director of clinical trials at Be The Match BioTherapies. Additionally, a growing number of stakeholders are stepping forward to promote diversity. “The COVID pandemic really amplified a lot of people’s voices in this space,” she said.

A growing number of stakeholders have stepped forward to demand better diversity in clinical trials and to understand “what data is actually collected as part of the clinical trials,” Leckron said. Those players range from regulatory agencies like the FDA to clinical trial …

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