Clinical trials in neurology

Introduction
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By K K Jain MD

Key points

  • Clinical trials are essential for new drug development as evidence of efficacy and safety is required for approval by regulatory authorities.
  • Biomarkers and pharmacogenomics are playing an important role in the design and monitoring of clinical trials.
  • Basic methods of clinical trials are applicable in neurology, but there may be specific problems associated with clinical trials of disorders such as multiple sclerosis.