NIH launches Web site that provides information about clinical trials
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Feb 29, 2000
Patients suffering from diseases with no known cures or from illnesses that
can be treated with multiple remedies now have an online resource with information
about more than 4,000 federal and private clinical trials that could help
The National Institutes of Health on Tuesday launched ClinicalTrials.gov,
the first phase of a federally mandated program to broaden the public's
access to information on clinical trials. Trials are conducted when there
is no proven treatment for a disease or to test treatments for a particular
condition to find the best remedy.
"ClinicalTrials.gov is a resource that will benefit trial participants,
researchers, health care professionals and, over time, the general public,"
said Dr. Donald A. B. Lindberg, director of NIH's National Library of Medicine, which
developed and oversees the new database.
Legislation passed in 1997 requires the Department of Health and Human
Services, through the NIH, to establish a registry for both federally and
privately funded trials on drugs for serious or life-threatening diseases
"The project is proceeding in several major phases," said Alexa McCray,
director of ClinicalTrials.gov. "In the first phase, we were interested
in collecting information primarily about studies that are being funded
by NIH or that are being conducted right here on the NIH campus."
McCray said the next phase would include trials not sponsored by NIH
as well as those from other federal agencies and the private sector.
The site is confidential and no registration or personal identification