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Tool ‘names and shames’ hidden drug trials – BBC (Chris Foxx | February 2018)

 


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Institutions that fail to report the results of their drug and medical trials will be named on a new website.

We have shared before commentaries on the serious consequences when the unfavourable results of clinical trials aren’t shared, so it’s great to read of the launch of a tool so clinicians, patients and the wider community can see if there has been a trial that was not reported. We have included to some earlier items about why unpublished results are a big deal.

Trials Tracker logs which clinical trials have missed deadlines for reporting their results in the US.
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Some pharmaceutical organisations have been accused of burying unfavourable drug and medical test results.
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Dr Ben Goldacre, who devised the website, told the BBC he hoped it would “nudge” institutions into properly disclosing data.
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Dr Ben Goldacre, who devised the website, told the BBC he hoped it would “nudge” institutions into properly disclosing data.
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“For many years, trials transparency has been neglected,” he said.
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“I’m not interested in naming and shaming people in order to criticise them. This project is being done to nudge institutions to prioritise trial reporting.

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