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European Regulator’s Last Ditch Attempt at Transparency

By Peter O’ Donnell. The European Medicines Agency is determined to minimize opposition to its next moves on releasing clinical trial data. It announced last week yet another consultation on its plans to publish the results of trials — a policy it initially aimed at introducing from the beginning of this year. The latest twist […]
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Medicare Payment Data Raises Questions About Drug Costs

Even though the just-released Medicare data on payments to individual doctors doesn’t provide specifics on prescription drug outlays, it opens the door to sharp scrutiny of Medicare reimbursement for medicines delivered in physician offices. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released data on payments to some 880,000 health care providers who collectively […]
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Who's Watching the Drug Watchdogs?

It is nowadays fashionable to question everyone in authority, and there is no shortage of self-appointed watchdogs who aim to make sure that things that happen are happening as they should. The drug industry and drug regulatory authorities have been among the most conspicuous targets of this intense monitoring, on everything from questionable payments to […]
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Europe's New Clinical Trials Rules: Questions Remain about Data Transparency

Although a broad compromise was reached in late December on the future shape of the European Union’s clinical trials rules, there are still many details to be resolved – including on that perennial issue of data transparency. In mid-December, Glenis Willmott, the UK socialist who is piloting discussions on the proposal in the European Parliament, […]
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EMA Sets Budget and Priorities for 2014, Promotes Transparency

In a bid to improve transparency in 2014, the European Medical Agency’s December Management Board Meeting cleared the way for the publication of the agendas and minutes of the Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) and Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT). This week the EMA […]
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