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European drug agency launches website giving open access to trial data

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5700 (Published 21 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5700
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

The European Medicines Agency’s new website giving open access to clinical data on medicinal products has gone live (https://clinicaldata.ema.europa.eu).

The agency said that that the first two drugs whose clinical reports could be accessed on the site are carfilzomib, for the treatment of multiple myeloma, and lesinurad, a gout treatment.

It intends to add all clinical reports on all drugs submitted to the agency on or after its open access policy came into force on 1 January 2015.1 An indication of the scale of the operation is that for these two drugs alone the data comprise 260 000 pages and include 100 separate clinical reports.

Guido Rasi, the agency’s executive director, said that the launch was an important step towards transparency …

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