Need to realign patient-oriented and commercial and academic research

the Responsibility Deal—eg, the need amides in young children. However, Winfred Wang and colleagues1 report for robust, independent, transparent the conclusion that these agents that hydroxycarbamide therapy can scrutiny of commitments made and can now be used in all children now be considered for all very young the benefi ts of a local approach.
with sickle-cell anaemia might be children with sickle-cell anaemia, Public health sits within a wider premature, since there are still several socioeconomic system. The project unanswered questions.
First, given the current knowledge is a substantial concern in patients by a public health team in the region about disease phenotypes, it is not who receive long-term hydroxy-that was prepared to take a risk with clear that the sample size in this carbamide.2 Complications and clinical an unproven concept.4 Critics need to study captured a fair representation effi cient evidence that of severe disease phenotypes. Thus and colleagues’ trial, some patients an intervention is meeting planned whether the safety profi le of this were asymptom atic, and the severity outcomes because of short follow-up drug will justify its use in all or a of the underlying disease varied times does not equal evidence that such select group of young infants with widely between patients. Whether initiatives do not work. The scepticism sickle-cell anaemia remains an open early initiation of hydroxycarbamide with which projects of this nature have is benefi cial in asymptomatic patients Second, and perhaps more as well as those with severe sickle-cell on preformed conclusions rather than important, is the need to address anaemia remains unknown.
objective evidence. A reconsideration the potential use of this drug where We declare that we have no confl icts of interest.
of this stance is in order.
it is likely to have the most eff ect on *Yukie Takahashi, Jinichi Mori, The project to which this letter refers was funded by global health—ie, settings with a high Masaharu Tsubokura, the Department of Health East Midlands. We declare that we have no confl icts of interest.
poor health-care infrastructure. What
is the potential eff ect of long-term Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Disease neutropenia and hyposplenism on Center, Komagome Hospital, 113-8677 Tokyo, Japan
the outcome of patients in settings (YT, JM); and Division of Exploratory Research, Clinical Sciences Building, Division of Epidemiology where malaria is endemic and Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, and Public Health, University of Nottingham, invasive bacterial infections are highly Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK (RP, PM, PS); and Department of Health, East Hydroxycarbamide in very young children with Midlands, Directorate of Health and Social Care East sickle cell anaemia: a multicentre, randomised, controlled trial (BABY HUG). Lancet 2011;
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Clinical research is motivated by several factors. Some are more defensible than Hydroxycarbamide use
in young children with
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, sickle-cell anaemia
USA (SKO); Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK (BI); and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK (PT) studied,1,2 but these are exceptions.
Hydroxycarbamide in very young children with sickle-cell anaemia: a multicentre, randomised, controlled trial (BABY HUG). Lancet 2011; 377: 1663–71. Vol 378 November 19, 2011
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the fi rst line of the seventh paragraph should
years ago I stated publicly that several have read “Germany, the Global Fund’s fourth uncertainties I faced at the beginning and ongoing research, produced in- largest donor after the USA, France, and the UK, immediately froze its disbursement of $285 million that had been allocated for 10 years later—after a relapse of my Patient advocacy groups in myeloma 2011”. The correction has been made to the ology” of myeloma studies on hoping to promote better care. With The Lancet. China’s major health challenge: control On July 31, 2011, public support they should be in a of chronic diseases. Lancet 2011; 378: 457—In
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“In the 7-day standard regimen, one capsule of omeprazole, two of amoxicillin, and one of clarithromycin were taken twice daily (before morning and evening meals).” This correction has been made to the online version as of Wang YC, McPherson K, Marsh T, et al. Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK. Lancet 2011; 378: 815–25—In this Series paper (Aug 27),
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