Lack of Transparency in Clinical Trials Results Harms Us All

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Clinical trials are critically important to society. Our healthcare in many cases is at stake.  In 2007, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring that clinical trial sponsors (commercial, academic, etc.) post clinical trial results on within one year of study completion.  The Universities for Essential Medicines (UAEM) has partnered with non-profit group TranspariMED to produce an analysis as to compliance with transparency results.  This rule was finalized a decade later and since then nearly a third of the results are precluded. It is apparent from the study that a significant amount of clinical trial results is not reported on. The reporting track record of institutions in the United States and United Kingdom are not great. Follow the link to read the report and find out which institutions evidence a greater clinical trial results reporting track record.

Key Findings:

  • Only 15 out of the forty universities assessed are in full compliance with U.S. trial disclosure law, while 25 universities are in violation of the law. There are large variations in individual universities’ performance. Some major medical research universities have posted results for less than half of their clinical trials.
  • In total, 140 clinical trials run by the 40 universities in our cohort are still missing results on the public registry.
  • Many universities have made strong efforts to upload missing results from clinical trials conducted in the past.