STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

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Older patients at risk because drugs are tested on the young

There is an embarrassing secret at the heart of medicine.
When it comes to anyone much older than 65, doctors have little evidence to tell them what drug or treatment works.
As Marion McMurdo, professor of ageing and health at the University of Dundee, says: ‘Much of the NHS budget is spent on looking after older people, who often have several chronic diseases.
‘So you’d think that there would be a real effort to make sure that we have the best-quality evidence to treat them.But we don’t.
‘A typical trial of a cancer drug, for instance, involves people in their 50s whose only problem was cancer, and who were taking just that drug.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2748310/Older-patients-risk-drugs-tested-young.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490*

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