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Why we need to talk about sex and clinical trials

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Very useful article. The comment about lack of requirements for use animals of both sexes for trials in the UK in disappointing, but UK pharmacologists know all about this need. In August 2019,The British Journal of Pharmacology announced that it would not accept research manuscripts unless researchers addressed potential sex differences in their work. This applies to human, animal and tissue studies. It is time for Pharmacy journals to move in the same direction. These differences matter. In the Covid-19 pandemic, soon if not already, the number of men dying will exceed women by hundreds of thousands. Differences in immunological responses have already been noted and identified as a cause. We need to find out much more about this because it will have safety and efficacy implications for any future vaccinations (alone or alongside flu vaccination) and may influence duration of immunity after infection. And finally, in 2011 the National Association of Women Pharmacists called for the clinical trials improvements described, at a joint meeting with the Medical Women's Federation and RPS: 'Blue Pill Pink Pill.' The Lancet followed up the call in it's editorial the next week. The PJ did not even report the meeting.

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30 MAY 2020

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