Jun 30, 2012 Volume 379 Number 9835 p2401 – 2500
The Lancet’s support for clinical trials in children and young people
Dougal S Hargreaves
In March, 2012, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a call for more clinical trials to be done in children. Despite 5 years of European Union incentives to increase paediatric research, the EMA estimates that only 12% of clinical trials involve children.1 As a result, many medicines are still prescribed to children off licence.