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According to rumour, we are making progress on transparency in the revision of the Clinical Trials Directive but the industry (and the Commission, apparently) are fighting back on two other fronts – the proposed free trade and investment agreement with the US (TTIP), and a recent proposal from the Commission for a directive on trade… » read more

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Could it happen here?

There have been many serious cases of mis-selling and off-label promotion of medicines in the US. Could the same thing be happening here, or do pharmaceutical companies behave better on this side of the Atlantic? For my BMJ blog I compiled a table of cases taken by the US Department of Justice since 2004 involving… » read more

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I made a personal submission to the EMA Consultation on the Publication and Access to Clinical-Trial Data, which you will find here. As I said in the submission, public consultations are more effective when it is possible … to comment on submissions from others. My submission was partly in the form of a comment on… » read more

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HARD TALK ON SOFT LAW

“Are you aware you are working in a health care industry with patients and human beings?” It Is not often you hear a regulator putting this question to a speaker from the pharmaceutical industry but this happened (twice) at a meeting I attended a couple of weeks ago. The speaker was Neal Parker, a lawyer… » read more

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I’m back after a (very) long summer break. There were two significant events in July. One was a US fine of $3 billion for Glaxo Smith Kline for mis-selling various medicines and other bad practices. The other was the publication by the European Commission of a proposal to revise the directive governing clinical trials. The… » read more

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Glenis Wilmott, MEP, leader of the UK Labour Group in the European Parliament has posted a blog here on the GlaxoSmithKline fraud case. I will look at this case myself more closely in a future blog (I’m on holidays in Ireland at present). It has implications for the regulation and reporting of clinical trials, as… » read more

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More experts are questioning the practice of screening in particular cases – the testing of apparently healthy populations for underlying risk factors or undiagnosed conditions, such as some cancers, with a view to prevention or early treatment. Supporters of screening sometimes respond to their critics with more heat than light, but I don’t know who… » read more

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In an unusual move the European Medicines Agency has criticised the Roche pharmaceutical company for not analysing and reporting on over 100 000 suspected adverse drug reactions in the US and elsewhere. About 80 000 reports from a company sponsored “patient support programme” were not evaluated. These included 15,161 reports of deaths, but it is… » read more

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As I said in my last post, decisions of medicines regulators can affect the share price of a pharmaceutical company. A few recent examples – all from the past week: The shares of Shires PLC sank 10% on Monday when the FDA approved a generic version of a competing drug. The shares of Protalix BioTherapeutics… » read more

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