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Clinical trials funded by profit making organisations tend to find positive results

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1174
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    Cardiovascular clinical trials funded by profit making organisations, such as drug companies, report more positive results than trials funded by non-profit making organisations. This is the finding of a study published in JAMA (2006;295:2270-4). Trials funded by partnerships of for profit and not for profit organisations report results in between.

    The findings are broadly in line with previous surveys, which have shown that studies sponsored by for profit organisations were more likely to report positive findings.

    This paper surveyed outcomes in “high impact” cardiovascular clinical trials published between 2000 and 2005 in JAMA, the Lancet, …

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