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Regulatory Writing: New developments in public disclosure of clinical trials - Volume 24, Issue

In April this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a statement on the public disclosure of clinical trial results (the full statement is available from In essence, this statement…

Medical devices in the disclosure era and the role of medical writers - Volume 26, Issue

AbstractIncreased transparency is one of the provisions of the Clinical Trial and Medical Device Regulations. This article discusses the impact of transparency and disclosure on medical devices. Many modern-day medical devices are software-driven.…

Authors and Authorship - Volume 25, Issue

Authorship of medical journal articles has been and continues to bea complicated subject. The unethical practices of guest, honorary, andghost authorship and incomplete or biased disclosure of clinical trialdata have led to guidelines meant to…

Transparency and the healthcare industry: The Sun is shining - Volume 22, Issue

The demand for greater transparency in financial relationships between the healthcare industry and healthcare professionals is increasing globally, and has led to establishing government regulations and professional guidelines for detailed reporting…

Sunshine spreading across the Atlantic and over Europe - Volume 22, Issue

The quest for transparency in the relationships between life sciences companies and healthcare professionals is quickly becoming a global movement. Reporting requirements for financial interactions have been prevalent in the United States for many…

The sun never sets on transparency - Volume 25, Issue

The financial relationships between the pharmaceutical and device industries and healthcare practitioners appear frequently in the spotlight because of their potential to create bias and influence prescribing choices. Public disclosure of these…

The EMWA Budapest Working Group: A 2-year collaboration to make recommendations for aligning the ICH E3 guideline with current practice and developing clinical study protocol guidance - Volume 23, Issue

International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) E6 and ICH E3, developed nearly 20 years ago, are the current regulatory guidance documents for developing clinical study protocols (CSPs) and clinical study reports (CSRs). Ambiguity in the…

Authorship of clinical trial documents - Volume 25, Issue

Authorship of publications has been the subject of much public debate; however, authorship of clinical trial documents such as clinical study protocols, clinical study reports, investigator’s brochures and inform ed consent forms has not really been…

Journal Watch - Volume 21, Issue

Improving the credibility of reporting industry-sponsored research Reports of ghostwriting, guest authorship, selective or biased disclosure of research results, and inaccurate or incomplete reporting of potential conflicts of interest have damaged…

Journal Watch - Volume 21, Issue

Readability of informed consent forms, sponsor participation in industry trials, and conflict of interest disclosure. Informed consent is a crucial feature of clinical research trials. Guidelines on developing an informed consent form urge writers…

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