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Opinion: Where’s the data? Missing trial results undermine pandemic preparedness – Devex (Till Bruckner | November 2017)

Published/Released on December 14, 2017 | Posted by Admin on December 17, 2017 / , , , , , ,
 


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In the fight to control global pandemics, public health agencies and governments face a monumental challenge: The results of around half of all clinical trials are not public, leaving huge gaps in medical knowledge. The invisibility of medical research results may make it difficult, if not impossible, to tell which drugs and vaccines work.

Although the basic premise is not new, the application to pandemics is

Drug companies have long been criticized for their failure to publish the results of some trials, notably those that cast an unflattering light on their products. However, universities and government agencies often perform even worse. Many funders and institutions fail to monitor whether the results of research are shared, and researchers often find it hard to get trials that return disappointing results published in prestigious medical journals. This missing data can cost missed opportunities, misdirected programs, or even billions of dollars on the wrong drug.
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Transparency is improving, but slowly. A handful of countries have passed transparency laws, but they only cover a minority of trials and have not been properly enforced. In the U.S., for example, research institutions are required to post the results of some trials on ClinicalTrials.gov within 12 months of examining the last patient. Yet in 2015, health news site STAT found that pharmaceutical companies, universities and even government agencies routinely violate this disclosure law.
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