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Independent researchers should have right to publish trial results if original researchers don’t, campaigners say

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3857 (Published 14 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3857
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

If gaps and errors in research reporting are not put right by the original authors within a year, independent researchers should take on the task, a team of medical scientists has said in the BMJ.1

Increasingly, missing data from trials sponsored by drug companies have become available through court actions and requests made under freedom of information legislation, write Peter Doshi of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and colleagues.

Absence of such data from the published literature—or misrepresentation of data in trial reports that have been published—distorts the balance of the literature, they say. The biases this creates are difficult to detect but can damage efforts to base treatments on the totality of evidence.

Doshi and colleagues call on those originally …

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