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URGENT Update from Sense About Science regarding Clinical Trials Transparency

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Mark Platt
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URGENT Update from Sense About Science regarding Clinical Trials Transparency
Posted on: May 19 2015, 01:58 pm

Dear AllTrials supporters

Weve just learned that progress on clinical trial transparency could be at risk. A company which conducts clinical trials on behalf of industry, Richmond Pharmacology Ltd, is launching a judicial review against the UKs Health Research Authority (HRA), challenging the HRAs world leading efforts to reform trial registration. See: http://www.senseasdata.com/drupal/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=1548&qid=1081746

The HRA is the body set up to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research in the UK. It has been working hard to make clinical trials more transparent, supported by thousands of patients, doctors, pharmacists, researchers and the public. It has made trial registration a condition of running a trial in the UK and has asked researchers who want to run trials to ensure that all trials theyve run in the past have been registered. If the decision in the judicial review goes against the HRA, this fantastic work and all our efforts to break through the era of secrecy on clinical trials could come to an abrupt stop.

Sle Lane, Director of Campaigns, Sense About Science, co-founding organisation of the AllTrials campaign said: ​It is shocking that a company is using court action to try to stop transparency. We want the HRA to help right the injustice done to the thousands of patients who have taken part in clinical trials that have been kept hidden. I find it deplorable that one company is trying to stop that.

The news was reported today by the Guardian (see http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/18/drug-trials-firm-to-challenge-plans-for-greater-transparency-over-results) As soon as we know more details well be in touch. In the meantime, please share this story (via http://www.senseasdata.com/drupal/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=1550&qid=1081746) with your colleagues, friends and networks.

Kind regards

James

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Paul Clift
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Re: URGENT Update from Sense About Science regarding Clinical Trials Transparency
Reply #1 on: May 20 2015, 12:06 pm

Thanks for posting this, Mark. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
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Ben Cromarty
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Re: URGENT Update from Sense About Science regarding Clinical Trials Transparency
Reply #2 on: May 22 2015, 09:21 am

...this is indeed a bit troubling.

In the link, it says this:

"The Health Research Authority (HRA) is a UK body set up to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research in the UK. It has been working to make clinical trials more transparent: In September 2013 the HRA made registration of a clinical trial a condition of approval to run that trial and in April this year they started asking researchers applying to run a clinical trial to declare that all past clinical trials they ran have been registered. "

I wonder if the problem is with the last bit - declaring all past trials have been registered? This probably won't be the case, so they can't declare it!

...or i might just be being dim, and not understanding it at all...
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