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Big pharma mobilising patients in battle over drugs trials data

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Paul Clift
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Big pharma mobilising patients in battle over drugs trials data
Posted on: July 21 2013, 08:09 pm

From The Guardian: "Leaked memo from industry bodies reveals strategy to combat calls by regulators to force companies to publish results" and "The pharmaceutical industry has "mobilised" an army of patient groups to lobby against plans to force companies to publish secret documents on drugs trials."

This is not, as far as I'm aware, the first time that 'big pharma' has tried to influence discussion around drug development, licensing and regulation of various kinds. But it is more proof, if proof were needed, that patients groups - and individual patients - need to be able to show autonomy and independence from the industry and other groupings in health care if we are to retain credibility.

The full article is here http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jul/21/big-pharma-secret-drugs-trials

Paul.
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Matt Williams
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Re: Big pharma mobilising patients in battle over drugs trials data
Reply #1 on: July 21 2013, 08:32 pm

Ta, worrying - matt
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Simon Collins
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Re: Big pharma mobilising patients in battle over drugs trials data
Reply #2 on: July 22 2013, 05:32 am
Last edit: July 22 2013, 05:43 am

The response from some companies who hate this - and it seems most do, although GSK signed up (http://i-base.info/htb/21271) - makes them look like the Tobacco Industry fighting the link between smoking and cancer.
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Roger Pebody
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Reply #3 on: July 22 2013, 02:42 pm

"The patient groups focus on the concern that if the companies release all of their clinical trials data, the information might be misconstrued, or intentionally cherry-picked, or spark damaging health scares around certain drugs or vaccines." A pretty laughable argument - as if the drug companies themselves have never cherry picked the data to publicly release!
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