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|Glasgow University of Health and Wellbeing, UK|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Clin Trials|
|Clinical trials still represent the gold standard in testing the safety and efficacy of new and existing treatments. However, developing regions including sub-Saharan Africa remain underrepresented in pharmaceutical industry sponsored trials for a number of reasons including fear of corruption and unethical behaviour. This fear exists both on the part of pharmaceutical companies, and investigators carrying out research in the region. The objective of this research was to understand the ethical considerations associated with the conduct of pharmaceutical industry sponsored clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa. Corruption was identified as a significant issue by a number of stakeholders who participated in semi-structured interviews and completed questionnaires. Additionally, fear of being perceived as corrupt or unethical even when conducting ethically sound research was raised as a concern. Thus corruption, whether actual or perceived, is one of a number of issues which have precluded the placement of a greater number of pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials in this region. More discussion around corruption with all relevant stakeholders is required in order for progress to be made and to enable greater involvement of sub-Saharan African countries in the conduct of industry sponsored clinical trials.|
Efe Egharevba is a final year part-time PhD student at Glasgow University’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing. He completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Research at Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Pharmacy in 2008 and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Texas. He has spent 13 years working for various pharmaceutical companies in clinical operations, overseeing the conduct of clinical trials around the world.
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