AllTrials – WHO calls for all clinical trial results to be published

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"The World Health Organisation (WHO) made it unambiguously clear today that researchers have an ethical imperative to make results from all clinical trials – including past trials – publicly available. Its Statement on Public Disclosure of Clinical Trials Results: says results from clinical trials should be publicly reported within 12 months of the trial’s end, calls for results from previously unpublished trials to be made publicly available, and calls on organisations and governments to implement measures to achieve this. This is a strong statement from the WHO. It has been welcomed by patients, doctors and researchers worldwide. The best available evidence shows that around half of all the clinical trials that have ever been carried out have never reported results. This means that doctors, patients and medical regulators cannot make informed decisions about which treatments are best. It means that hundreds of thousands of patients have volunteered to take part in clinical trials where results have been kept hidden. It means that information about the medicines we use every day is at risk of being lost forever. Congratulations to the hundreds of people and organisations who wrote to the WHO to set out in their own words why the WHO should call for old information to be made available. Today’s great news only came about because of you. Please share this news on Twitter and Facebook and with your friends, family and colleagues ..."


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Date tagged:

04/16/2015, 10:35

Date published:

04/16/2015, 05:11