Prime minister gives backing to more transparent drug trial data

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 07 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8333
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

David Cameron has added his support to efforts to ensure much greater availability of data from drug companies’ trials.

However, a leading expert has criticised Cameron for not making more of a commitment on forcing companies to publish all their clinical data.

The issue of drug companies not submitting all trial data was raised in the House of Commons on 5 December by Richard Bacon, the Conservative MP for South Norfolk.

The BMJ’s open data campaign ( is aimed at securing appropriate and necessary independent scrutiny of data from clinical trials after the failure of the drug company Roche to fulfil its promise made in 2009 to release …

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