Health / Pharma

Big pharma mobilising patients in battle over drugs trials data

21st Jul `13, 12:36 PM in Health / Pharma

The pharmaceutical industry has “mobilised” an army of patient groups to lobby against plans to force companies to…

BDMS
Guest Contributor
 

The pharmaceutical industry has “mobilised” an army of patient groups to lobby against plans to force companies to publish secret documents on drugs trials.

Drugs companies publish only a fraction of their results and keep much of the information to themselves, but regulators want to ban the practice. If companies published all of their clinical trials data, independent scientists could reanalyse their results and check companies’ claims about the safety and efficacy of drugs.

Under proposals being thrashed out in Europe, drugs companies would be compelled to release all of their data, including results that show drugs do not work or cause dangerous side-effects.

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