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Not so crystal clear: The EU’s clinical reporting problem

Published on 29/10/18 at 11:52am

With shocking new findings revealing that around half of all clinical trial results in Europe go unreported, Matt Fellows explores the roots of this not-so-surprising revelation, what can be done, and why it all is so important.

Clinical trial transparency: Letting the light in

Published on 06/11/17 at 12:33pm

Transparency is one of those words for which the exact meaning has become clouded by murkier connotations. The chances are that if most people were asked to associate the word with an event, it’s more than likely that the example would be negative, whether it be a lack of government transparency, an example of a tech firm refusing to be clear on its data use, or a company not being completely honest about its wrongdoing.

The November 2017 issue of Pharmafocus is now live!

The November edition of Pharmafocus is now live and available to read online here!

Clinical Trial Transparency

Published on 08/09/16 at 08:37am

Amid the global political and economic turmoil taking place, one small pharma story got much less attention than it should have.

Not for the first time, the ombudsman for the European Union, Emily O’Reilly, issued a statement calling on the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and AbbVie to cease the withholding of trial data for blockbuster drug, Humira (adalimumab). The company took the EMA to court in 2013 to prevent the publication of data, but reached a compromise, of sorts, whereby redacted documents could be released.

After the legal case – where next for pharma industry transparency?

Published on 26/08/15 at 04:13pm
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Even in an industry as litigious as pharma can sometimes be, the recent legal drama that has played out in the High Court has been unprecedented.

And in an industry used to changes in guidelines and demands from watchdogs, it’s unusual for a company to take a regulator to court, and publically accuse it of acting unlawfully in introducing new obligations for firms in the industry to adhere to.

Clinical Trial Transparency – A Personal View

Published on 24/08/15 at 12:27pm
Clinical research is a collaborative process, says Dr Bina Rawal
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During the time I worked as research, medical and innovation director at the ABPI, between October 2012 and January 2015, there were dramatic changes in the way in which clinical trial transparency was being discussed throughout the R&D ecosystem, resulting in long-awaited improvements.

Thankfully, this time, there will be no turning back.

Confronting the 'danger' of blocking progress on clinical trial transparency

Published on 19/08/15 at 09:58am
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Trade bodies and transparency campaigners say work on transparency must not be reversed

The Ethical Medicines Industry Group and Sense About Science - a co-founder of the ALLTrials campaign - have written a joint letter, in support of the Health Research Authority's work to bring about greater transparency in clinical trials to the industry. 

In a statement, the two bodies say the recent Court has shown "that there are people who want to reverse its recent attempts to do so."

There is a danger that politicians and others will see this backward-looking view as significant and representative of industry. It isn’t. 

HRA must continue ‘progress towards clinical trial transparency’

Stem cell research
The registration of Phase I trials was under scrutiny during a recent judicial review

Campaigners and industry leaders have urged the Health Research Authority to ensure that its work to bring about full transparency in pharma-sponsored clinical trials is not derailed by its recent legal case.

The groups also urged the Health Research Authority (HRA) to not “let the distraction of the judicial review derail you from achieving key objectives”, and to ‘quickly clarify the wording’ of the contentious Q&A document on its website that was the subject of a High Court challenge wrangle.

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