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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Some clinical trials exclude gays and lesbians


The Buzz: WASHINGTON — Some clinical trials financed by the US federal government and pharmaceutical labs exclude gay and lesbian participants, according to a study published Wednesday.

The WTF: "Most gay and lesbian patients are probably unaware that their sexual orientation is being used as a screening factor for clinical trial participation," said lead author Brian Egleston of Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the biggest US cancer treatment centers.

The Numbers: The study, based on detailed information on over 80,000 clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, other governmental agencies and private industry, found that 15 percent of the trials used criteria that explicitly excluded homosexual participants. Trials with sexual function as an endpoint particularly excluded homosexuals.

OK, I participated in a trial involving gay siblings. Lots of DNA work involved. I do not know how the study turned out, it it's turned out yet.

However, I'm having a bit of trouble understanding how sexuality impinges biological responses, say lipid control.

I'm pretty sure we have some deep seated hatred here. I have yet to see a drug ad that indicated it was for a given sexuality.

Yes, I could just spit.

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