The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) have responded to the publication of new research by pressure group Change Britain.
The research reports that the EU Clinical Trials Directive has "delayed lifesaving medical research ... costing both lives and money" and that by operating outside of the single market "we can stop these damaging EU regulations and spend the billions we send to Brussels each year on our priorities like the NHS ."
Responding, Dr Virginia Acha, ABPI's Executive Director – Research, Medical & Innovation said:
"The UK is a global hub for research and development in healthcare, and as one of the go-to destinations for clinical trials in Europe, heeding this advice would be a backwards step for medical science and patients in the UK.
If we look at the evidence, the latest data shows the UK is becoming increasingly competitive in clinical research. As part of the current EU regulatory system, we lead the delivery of phase one clinical trials in Europe and rank second for the delivery of phase two and phase three trials.
With the new EU Clinical Trials Regulations only set to speed-up efficiency and enhance collaboration, and as the global pharmaceutical industry takes the fight to diseases that affect smaller and smaller patient populations, cooperation and alignment with this network will be the best way to ensure the provision of innovative, novel treatments for UK patients. Going it alone is not the best option."
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