Bureaucracy blamed for drop in Irish clinical trials

A 2004 EU directive introduced administrative and regulatory rules - and increased costs. Susan Mitchell reports.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
23rd December, 2012
There are unnecessary administrative barriers to clinical research in Ireland. Photo: Thinkstock

The number of clinical trials in Ireland has plummeted, with figures showing a drop of almost 40 per cent since 2007. According to the Irish Medicines Board, it approved 114 applications to conduct clinical trials in 2007, compared to just 68 in 2011. Clinical trial activity is falling, even though clinical research has been identified as a key priority by the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Department of Health. Industry insiders largely blame the...

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