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  • Monday, 21 Oct 2013

KOTA KINABALU: Patients in Sabah will now be given a chance to be volunteers for the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) to assess the effectiveness of certain new medications.

The National Clinical Research Centre’s Dr. Goh Pik Pin said patients in the country never had the chance to be part of any medical research, but all that would change with the launching of CRCs nationwide.

“We can now carry out our own research on new medications or on certain diseases in the country, using our own expertise and technology while engaging local patients to be part of the research,” she said.

Dr Goh said this development would attract foreign investment.

“The cost would also be cheaper compared to sending our samples for research overseas,” she explained, in noting that some countries such as India were currently facing confidentiality problems between doctors and patients.

“This has resulted in many investors backing out and are searching for other research centres to bunk on,” she said.

There are three CRCs in the state, namely the Queen Elizabeth I hospital CRC, Queen Elizabeth II hospital CRC, and the Sabah Women and Children Hospital CRC in Likas.

Meanwhile, the deputy director general of Health (Medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai said the existence of the CRC network in Sabah would further boost research activities carried out among the Ministry of Health staff here.

“Research activities are not limited to physicians and medical officers only. Paramedics are also encouraged to engage in research activities,” he said after officiating the event.

He however, said those planning to carry out their research in the CRC must abide by the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health.

This includes ensuring that researchers have the certificate of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), registering all research that involve staff from the Ministry of Health or research that will be conducted at a facility of the ministry or research that is financed by a research grant under the National Medical Research Register (NMRR).

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