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MPs condemn UK clinical trials system for its “invisible” results

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 17 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5641
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

MPs have called on the government to act urgently to improve the current clinical trials system in the United Kingdom, which they say allows the results of much research never to see the light of day.

The UK has an “unacceptable” approach to clinical trials that allows the results of too many studies to remain unseen by clinicians, scientists, and the public, said MPs on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

In their report on clinical trials published on 17 September, MPs said that action was essential to tackle the country’s lack of clinical trial transparency, a problem that the government’s efforts had so far failed to solve.1

The committee’s chairman, …

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