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Health minister agrees to meet academics to discuss access to clinical trial data

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7168
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The health minister Norman Lamb has agreed to meet experts to discuss what he referred to as “the really important issue” of access to all data from clinical trials.

He was responding to a question in parliament on Tuesday 23 October from Sarah Wollaston, a GP and the Conservative MP for Totnes.

Wollaston raised the issue of missing data from clinical trials affecting the evidence on which doctors’ practice is based. She wanted to know whether ministers from the Department of Health for England would meet “academics and doctors to make sure all historical and future data is released in the public domain.”

The campaign for access to missing data is supported by, among others, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief …

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