Clinical Trial Diversity: We Must ‘Turn This Moment Into A Movement’
Pfizer and Genentech execs describe steps they’ve taken to increase diversity in clinical trials from moving trial sites into new neighborhoods to modifying protocols and holding others accountable for diversity.
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COVID-19 trials could have reached underserved populations better if research infrastructure was in place where people routinely get their health care, acting commissioner Janet Woodcock says; PhRMA is looking to establish a public-private partnership that would build a sustainable community-based infrastructure for clinical research.