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How do we develop new medicines

Do you know how your doctor decides what medicine to give you?




What is a clinical trial and why do we need them? How children and adults are protected from harm in clinical trials. What is an ethics committee and what do they do?

Why this is important

All new medicines and treatments need to be tested in properly worked out studies, called clinical trials. Trials have to be done in children and teenagers as well as adults as not all medicines or vaccines work the same way in children and adults.

Key descriptors

Humans; clinical trials; research; medicines.

Year groups

All age groups


Professor Saul Faust

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