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3/20/2001

Clinical Trial Results Go Online

Kate Traynor

Boston-based CenterWatch has created a free, searchable, online database containing information about the results of ongoing clinical trials.

The clinical trials results database allows users to choose from a list of medical conditions and check the progress of industry-sponsored trials related to the disorders. Information available at the Web site includes drug manufacturers, generic and trade product names, and brief summaries of trial results.

Kristen Eschmann, manager of drug intelligence for CenterWatch, runs the department responsible for distilling the meeting abstracts, journal publications, and manufacturers’ information used to update the database.

Eschmann said the database has about 250 entries so far but will eventually list the results of thousands of trials. "We’ll be adding a lot more in the next couple of months," she said.

CenterWatch has traditionally tracked trial information and made trial results available to subscribers of the organization’s print publication, CW Weekly. Eschmann said the online database was created to meet public and pharmaceutical company requests for information about drugs coming through the developmental pipeline. As with the print publication, the results database will be updated weekly, she said.