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December 17, 2003

Results of Clinical Trials Sponsored by For-Profit vs Nonprofit EntitiesResults of Clinical Trials Sponsored by For-Profit vs Nonprofit Entities

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(23):3070. doi:10.1001/jama.290.23.3070-a

To the Editor: Dr Als-Nielsen and colleagues1 stated that "[i]n principle, about half of all trials should favor the control intervention." The authors' findings reflect that expectation that "The experimental drug was recommended as treatment of choice in . . . 51% of trials funded by for-profit organizations." The authors do not explain, however, why the trials performed by nonprofit organizations had a lower percentage.

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