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

Published on 19/08/15 at 09:58am
Stem cell research
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.

Judge rules pharma has ‘ethical' transparency obligation – reaction

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Both sides of a bitterly contested legal battle over a major part of the industry's transparency drive have reacted to the judge's verdict.

A judge ruled that the Health Research Authority is acting within the law in pushing through plans for companies to register clinical trials in active recruitment in the UK.

Judge backs HRA in transparency legal case

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The HRA's plans for greater pharma transparency are being challenged in the courts

A judge has ruled that there are likely to be no legal grounds to block the Health Research Authority’s plans for companies to register clinical trials, after the move was challenged in the courts.

The ruling means that the Health Research Authority (HRA) can push on with its requirements for all sponsors of clinical trials in active recruitment in the UK in order to gain ethical approval – a central plank of the industry’s transparency agenda.

Ruling in transparency case ‘due within days’

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Sense About Science outside court in Manchester for the judicial review (Twitter/Bede Constantinides)

A judge is set to rule on a controversial legal challenge to the requirement for the pharma industry to register clinical trials in active recruitment in the UK.

Clinical trials firm Richmond Pharmacology was granted permission to seek the judicial review in May.

It's time the industry spoke out about legal challenge to clinical trial transparency

Published on 16/07/15 at 12:06pm
R&D
Credit: Bristol-Myers Squibb

The judicial review brought by Richmond Pharmacology against the Health Research Authority – erroneous, a waste of public money and if left unchallenged by the biopharmaceutical industry, hugely damaging to it.

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Industry awaits outcome of transparency legal challenge

R&D
Credit: Bristol-Myers Squibb

A judge will today hear arguments from the Health Research Authority and campaigners who are contesting a judicial review of plans for industry transparency.

Richmond Pharmacology, an early-stage clinical research company, will argue at the administrative court in Manchester that the plans by the Health Research Authority (HRA), the ethical approval body for trials, to require the pharma industry to register all clinical trials are unlawful.

World Health Organisation calls for full trial transparency

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World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva

The World Health Organization has thrown its weight behind clinical trial transparency in a new statement on its position.

WHO says that researchers have an ‘ethical imperative’ to report results from clinical trials and that results should be made publicly available within 12 months of the study’s end – although it notes that it should be possible for reporting to occur in shorter timeframes in ‘most instances’.

Calls to end UK anti-vaccine magazine

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British retailers like Tesco and WH Smiths are being urged to drop an anti-vaccine magazine as it could be dangerous for patients.

The ‘What doctors don’t tell you’ magazine claims that vitamin C cures HIV, and suggests that homeopathy could treat cancer. It also states that the cervical cancer vaccine has killed hundreds of girls.

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