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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…

Report on the EMA Workshop on clinical trial data and transparency - Volume 22, Issue

Access to patient data gathered in clinical trials is a highly controversial and complex issue that needs to balance three aspects: the public right to transparency regarding data used to approve new medicines, protection of the data privacy rights…

Potential implications of wider data transparency in medical communications - Volume 22, Issue

The current medical communication environment is characterised by growing calls for increased data transparency. There are ongoing concerns about the selective publication of trial results and the potential impact on use of medicines by prescribers…

Transparency – left to its own devices until now - Volume 26, Issue

Abstract Transparency has been an objective in the pharma world in recent years, culminating in the recent decision by the EMA to release full clinical study reports into the public domain. In spite of the publicity surrounding transparency and data…

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…

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…

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ICMJE to mandate data sharing statements - Volume 26, Issue

Those of us who attended the 2017 spring conference in Birmingham were treated to an excellent symposium on transparency in clinical trials, where EU Policy 00701 on disclosure of clinical data was a key focus. A month later, theICMJE (International…

Early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany: Framework for submission of dossiers by pharmaceutical companies - Volume 22, Issue

For the early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany, medical writers are involved in the preparation of dossiers submitted by pharmaceutical companies to the main decision-making body of the German statutory healthcare system, the Federal Joint…

Legislation and the lay audience: Challenges of communicating benefit and risk in the light of new regulations - Volume 24, Issue

There is a paradigm shift in the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies towards transparency and an emphasis on the benefit-risk ratio of medicines. The recent changes in legislation surrounding clinical documentation have produced…

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