Latest Campaign Updates

Why a campaign to make medical studies public will help the global poor

Caroline Fiennes, Director of Giving Evidence, a charity that encourages charitable giving based on evidence, has written a great blog post that elegantly describes the problem of unpublished trials, and the positive impact the AllTrials campaign could have for the world’s poor.

Using a framework for analysing the impact of charities (impact = importance x idea x implementation), Caroline said:
“The importance […]

20th May 2015|

Company using court action to stop transparency

The Health Research Authority is facing a judicial review over its work to further clinical trial transparency, the Guardian reported today. The judicial review was launched in March by Richmond Pharmacology Ltd, a contract research organisation that runs clinical trials on behalf of pharmaceutical companies.

The Health Research Authority (HRA) is a UK body set up […]

18th May 2015|

The OPEN project recommendations on how to reduce publication bias in clinical research

The OPEN project brought together experts and academics from across Europe to address the issue of non-publication (or more broadly, non-dissemination) of clinical research findings. Results from clinical studies play an essential role in clinical decision making, and publication bias severely impacts the quality of this decision-making process. Between November 2011 and October 2013, the OPEN […]

13th May 2015|

The BMJ extends data sharing policy to all trials

The BMJ has announced that starting 1st July, researchers submitting any clinical trial to the journal will have to commit to making anonymised patient-level data available to independent researchers on reasonable request. Since January 2013, The BMJ has said that it would only publish clinical trials on drugs and medical devices from researchers who agreed […]

13th May 2015|

Watch Ben Goldacre: How can we get all trials reported?

With the World Health Organisation’s recent Statement on Public Disclosure of Clinical Trials Results, affirming that researchers have an ethical imperative to make results from all clinical trials publicly available, it is clear that we have made remarkable progress on the call for greater clinical trial transparency. However, as we have seen before, recognition of […]

1st May 2015|

Surgeons call for greater clinical trial transparency

In the latest issue of the Bulletin of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, surgeons who have run clinical trials say “surgeons have a professional and ethical duty to ensure trial results are made available.” The surgeons point out that previous efforts to make registration and reporting of clinical trials a requirement, like the […]

30th April 2015|

Reviews of treatments should include clinical trial information from regulators

Jeppe Schroll and Lisa Bero argue in an editorial in the Cochrane Library that clinical trial information from regulators should be included in systematic reviews of treatments. In 2014, they showed that drug reports from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) contained enough information to be used in […]

24th April 2015|

Nordic researchers want to lead the world in clinical trial transparency

A new strong and detailed report, written by Nordic clinical trial experts, sets a high international standard for clinical trial transparency and sets out how to make it a reality. The report from the Nordic Trial Alliance Working Group on Transparency and Registration aims to make the Nordic countries world leaders in clinical trial transparency. […]

21st April 2015|

WHO calls for all clinical trial results to be published

The World Health Organisation (WHO) made it unambiguously clear today that researchers have an ethical imperative to make results from all clinical trials – including past trials – publicly available. Its Statement on Public Disclosure of Clinical Trials Results:

says results from clinical trials should be publicly reported within 12 months of the trial’s end,
calls for results […]

14th April 2015|

Respond to Canadian consultation on clinical trial transparency regulations

Health Canada is seeking comments on new regulations that will determine what information from clinical trials will be made public and when. In June 2014, the Canadian Government passed Bill C-17 or “Vanessa’s Law”. After many of you wrote to Canadian MPs on the Health Committee, the law was amended so that some trial information would […]

2nd April 2015|