Considering entering a clinical trial? Do your homework, breast cancer consumer representative says

People considering entering a clinical trial should not be put off from all studies by some with financial ties between researchers and pharmaceutical companies, a long-time trial advisor says.

For more than 20 years, Linda Reaby has sat as a ‘citizen representative’ on the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group and in more recent years advised the International Breast Cancer Intervention Study.

Clinical trials are used to investigate the safety of new medicines and medical devices and assess such products “efficacy” – or to what extent they actually work – before seeking government approval to put a medicine on the market.

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