Pivotal clinical trial enrollment of Blacks in multiple sclerosis or neuromyelitis spectrum disorder: when will we achieve parity?
Avasarala J, Zachariah P, Turner B. Pivotal clinical trial enrollment of Blacks in multiple sclerosis or neuromyelitis spectrum disorder: when will we achieve parity? CNS Spectr. Published online February 10, 2021:1-3.
doi: 10.1017/S1092852921000183. Online ahead of print
Patient enrollment in people of color among pivotal trials for multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis spectrum disorder (NMOSD) continues to be dismal. It is disappointing that no clinical trial sponsored by a pharmaceutical industry or otherwise, investigating any of the disease-modifying drugs, has tackled this glaring inequity head on. The disease characteristics and phenotype of MS or NMOSD among Blacks and Hispanics are typically aggressive and for this reason alone, if not for any other metric, there needs to a radical shift in allotment of funds devoted to promoting drug research in minority populations.