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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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Behind the China Bribery Scandals

The last few weeks have seen the media swamped with stories about the rampant bribery clawing the pharmaceutical industry in China. Big names were engulfed in the scandal, including GSK, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Novartis, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and UCB amongst others. Last month, four GSK executives were put under investigation for allegedly paying up to […]
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CMS taps IT firm CGI for Sunshine Act Data Dump

Speaking at CBI’s Sunshine & Aggregate Spend Conference in Washington DC on Tuesday, Shantanu Agrawal, director, data sharing and partnership group, center for program integrity, CMS, said the agency hired IT company CGI to build the software platform to be used for publishing pharma payments to physicians under the Sunshine Act provisions, now re-branded “open […]
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