At the BIO Convention recently held in Philadelphia PA, we talked with Dennis Jackman, senior vice-president of public affairs at CSL Behring about some of the barriers to recruiting participants to be in clinical trials for rare diseases.

Jackman points out that simply due to the small number of people that may have a rare condition, recruitment is a problem. “We were dealing with small populations in in many cases – some of the conditions are quite rare and so just finding the patients that would be eligible for a clinical trial, recruiting them – so, awareness about the trial.”

A second obstacle is finding patients who WANT to participate in a clinical trial. “It take some courage and the willingness to do that. To go off one therapy and try other therapies during that period of time.”

A third issue is that some rare disease may have multiple companies doing clinical trials and trying to recruit from a very small patient population.

On the plus side, Jackman noted that a great tool for recruiting patients are patient organizations who have been very in helping to raise awareness about various clinical trials.

For more information about the clinical trials CSL Behring is sponsoring, click here.

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