The major purpose of this American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology-sponsored meeting was to identify strategies for more efficiently detecting clinical drug effects, thus reducing the economic and scientific risks of investigating new chemical entities in psychiatric disorders. The meeting consisted of presentations and discussions by experts who repeatedly had difficulty pursuing scientific, public health–relevant goals. Many approaches to improving the detection of potentially beneficial agents were reviewed. In this article, we discuss technically feasible study improvements. The scope of inquiry included identifying means of shifting institutional and regulatory assumptions and processes, even to the point of seeking appropriate national incentives.
Klein DF, Thase ME, Endicott J, Adler L, Glick I, Kalali A, Leventer S, Mattes J, Ross P, Bystritsky A. Improving Clinical TrialsAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Recommendations. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(3):272-278. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.59.3.272