Monday, 28 January 2013

Should Pharma come clean?

#MSBlog: Should pharma companies release clinical data to the public?

Nigel Hawkes. Drug companies should release data from all trials of licensed drugs, say MPs. BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f321

The drug industry should be obliged to release in a publicly accessible form all the information it possesses about trials of licensed drugs, the House of Commons Health Committee has said in a new report on the functioning of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). It should be “neither legal nor ethical” to withhold such data, said the committee. It was concerned that failure to observe this simple principle undermined the effectiveness of NICE, because the institute was forced to appraise drugs without having access to all relevant data.


"This demand is nothing new. Ben Goldacre has been saying this for awhile in various publications and talks. GSK has recently launched an initiative do make its data accessible. You may be interested to know that I am in the process of becoming the custodian of the cladribine data. So there things afoot and I suspect it will only be a matter of time before all trial data is available to the public."

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3 comments:

  1. This sounds like a step in the right direction, thanks for the info.

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  2. This is interesting information, and this Ben Goldacre character seems to be onto something he may be a bit overboard but I like they way he thinks. The study Data should be available to consumers, I am sure there is nothing to hide

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    1. I am sure there is nothing to hide....like the drugs don't work :-)

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