Open Medicine EU

Two American pharmaceutical companies, AbbVie and Intermune, have taken legal action to prevent or restrict the European Medicines Agency from disclosing certain clinical trial data after a medicine is approved for marketing. In my opinion, both companies have been involved in activities that seem to prove the need for more transparency and not less. AbbVie… » read more

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EurActiv a publié aujourd’hui une version française de mon article au sujet de la proposition de règlement de la Commission révisant la directive relative aux essais cliniques qui sera discuté cette semaine au sein de la Commission Environnement, santé publique et sécurité alimentaire. Vous trouverez l’article ici.

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Well, it’s been a long time since my last post but I have not been neglecting the subject of science and medicine. I have been following the progress of the European Commission’s proposed regulation to revise the Clinical Trials Directive, and have just published an article on the subject in Euractiv, which you can find… » read more

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Good Book Bad Pharma

At a recent lunch in the European Parliament I met a hero of mine, Dr Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Pharma, a great book on science and medicine in the pharmaceutical industry. It is a worthy follow-up to his earlier best seller Bad Science, also a favorite of mine. “Bad Pharma” is not anti-industry but… » read more

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I have been looking at the proposed regulation for the revision of the Clinical Trials Directive. To help my own understanding I prepared a “simplified” summary of most of the provisions of the proposal, which I am happy to share here. I welcome comments, especially from anyone who feels I’ve got it wrong on any… » 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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