News of the WeekWOMEN'S HEALTH

U.K. Hormone Trial to Pause for Review

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Science  02 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5582, pp. 755-757
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5582.755b

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For at least 3 months, no new patients will be enrolled in a large trial of hormone replacement therapy taking place in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The U.K. Medical Research Council, the trial's main sponsor, ordered the pause last week and decided to ask an international panel to recommend whether to continue the trial in the face of evidence that prompted termination of a similar U.S. study 3 weeks ago. However, women already enrolled will be asked to keep taking their pills.