WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 16, 2021) – A new report released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (CHS) outlines five critical strategies for enhancing diversity in clinical trials during the research and development of new medicines. The report, titled “Enhancing Clinical Trial Diversity: Stakeholder Perspectives on Advancing Research Through Representative Clinical Trials,” is based on a year-long stakeholder engagement effort that included research and feedback from more than 500 stakeholders across 150+ organizations, including community stakeholders, experts in clinical trials and in racial justice, patient advocates, health care practitioners, pharmaceutical companies, academia, and more.
This effort is part of PhRMA’s Equity Initiative and the Deloitte Health Equity Institute, part of CHS. The PhRMA Equity Initiative launched in June 2020 and strives to build upon PhRMA member company efforts by driving real change in several areas, including improving diverse participation in clinical trials. Through the Deloitte Health Equity Institute, Deloitte is expanding its long-standing commitment to help align health care ecosystems to positively impact health outcomes.
“Empowered patients and their families are better prepared to make informed choices about their health care and about participating in clinical trials,” said PhRMA President and CEO Stephen J. Ubl. “By working toward the strategies outlined in this report, we can help improve health outcomes in communities of color and help ensure people who want to participate in trials have the opportunities to do so.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest in 2020 illuminated long-standing health and social inequities in the United States. Enhancing diversity in clinical trials is imperative to help improve health equity and ensure access to potentially life-saving therapies,” said Greg Reh, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Deloitte global life sciences and health care industry leader. “It is even more important that participants enrolled in clinical trials reflect the intended population, and our research findings outline key next steps that the ecosystem can take to achieve this goal.”
The five strategies in the report outline the parameters for supporting more robust engagement in communities to improve clinical trial diversity and are key to building trust to help ensure clinical trials better reflect patient populations:
Building trust and enhancing opportunities for diverse communities to participate in clinical trials are key steps in improving health equity. This report serves as a foundational resource as our industry continues to engage on this issue. Learn more at PhRMA.org/equity.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Over the last decade, PhRMA member companies have more than doubled their annual investment in the search for new treatments and cures, including nearly $101 billion in 2022 alone.