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Publication type: Journal Article

Kmietowicz Z
GSK backs campaign for disclosure of trial data
BMJ 2013 Feb 7; 346:
http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f819


Abstract:

The UK based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has become the first drug company to sign up to a campaign for all clinical trials to be registered and their full results disclosed.

The AllTrials initiative (alltrials.net) was set up in January by the charity Sense About Science, the BMJ, and other supporters of transparency in research.1 It is calling for registration of all clinical trials and for full study results and full clinical study reports (CSRs) to be made publicly available.

CSRs are formal study reports that provide more details on the design, methods, and results of clinical trials than published papers and …

 

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What these howls of outrage and hurt amount to is that the medical profession is distressed to find its high opinion of itself not shared by writers of [prescription] drug advertising. It would be a great step forward if doctors stopped bemoaning this attack on their professional maturity and began recognizing how thoroughly justified it is.
- Pierre R. Garai (advertising executive) 1963