Parents of children with rare diseases appealed this week to Europe’s lawmakers to approve proposals for encouraging clinical trials involving children. The call came at a conference in Brussels organised by the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP). Throughout Europe, 15 million children suffer from rare diseases, said Yann Le Cam from the European Organisation for Rare Diseases, yet almost no new medicines are being produced with them in mind. “In drug development, children come last,” he said.
Earlier, the conference had heard from European Commission official Peter Arlett about proposals – currently being considered by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers – to encourage pharmaceutical companies to produce medicines specifically tested for babies and children.
“Children are not small adults,” said Ysbrand Poortman, Chairman of the European Platform for Patients’ Organisations and Industry. “Their bodies work differently. You can’t just take an adult dose, reduce it in proportion to the child’s size, and expect it do the same job.”
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