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August 2011 Br J Cardiol 2011;18:179

Ranolazine in the management of chronic stable angina

Khalid Khan, Matthew Jones 

Abstract

Introduction Coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the major cause of death throughout European and other developed countries. While death rates have been consistently falling, rates in the UK remain relatively high compared to some Western European countries. The commonest clinical presentation of CHD is angina pectoris. Angina incidence rates generally increase with age and are highest in the 65−74 years age group in both men and women. The prevalence of angina is estimated to be 5% in men and 4% in women in the UK, giving a total of nearly 2.1 million (>1.2 million <75 years of age) with the condition.1 It is therefore a common dise

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Academic clinical trials – exaggerated reports of their death

August 2011 Br J Cardiol 2011;18:149–51

Academic clinical trials – exaggerated reports of their death

Michael H J Burns, Allan Gaw

Abstract

Quality standards and legislation To ensure the overall quality of clinical trials of medicinal products the pharmaceutical industry spearheaded, in January 1997, the use of a set of quality standards known as Good Clinical Practice (GCP).2 In 2001, the European Union (EU) used this approach as the basis for a new draft Directive on Clinical Trials, which would extend the coverage of GCP to include all clinical trials of investigational medicinal products in humans, irrespective of their funding and support.3 For the first time there would be a legal framework for the conduct of clinical trials across Europe and in the UK in accordance with

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