The debate is over. Tweets coming from Ben Goldacre say:
* It is very sad. There are so many in industry who want to move constructively towards greater transparency, and recognise the value for them.
* Here are the people that Stephen Whitehead of @ABPI_UK dismissed tonight http://www.alltrials.net/supporters/
* GSK have signed. Over 80 patient groups have signed. The ABPI are rapidly isolating themselves. How will this look?
* This official ABPI comment in response to the single movement for transparency that has galvanised support from patients and professionals.
* BTW: tonight at a debate Stephen Whitehead of @ABPI_UK said [verbatim] “We will not respond to PR driven initiatives such as alltrials”.
from All Trials:
“It’s time all clinical trial results are reported. Patients, researchers, pharmacists, doctors and regulators everywhere will benefit from publication of clinical trial results. Wherever you are in the world please sign the petition:
Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered.
Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated.
All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported.
We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.”
“Information on what was done and what was found in these trials “
This could be the bases for a whole other business model-one that embraces an open structure of sunshine laws and clinical trials transparency.