Clinical trial transparency update: an assessment of the disclosure of results of company-sponsored trials
A study published in June in Current Medical Research and Opinion assessed the timely disclosure of results of company-sponsored clinical trials related to all new medicines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) during 2012. This is an extension of the previously reported study of trials related to all new medicines approved in Europe in 2009, 2010 and 2011, which found that over three-quarters of all these trials were disclosed within 12 months and almost 90% were disclosed by the end of the study.
According to the 2012 data, the disclosure rate within 12 months of 90%. The authors concluded that the results suggest: “the industry is now achieving disclosure in a timely manner more consistently than before. The overall disclosure rate at study end of 92% indicates that the improvement in transparency amongst company-sponsored trials has been maintained in the trials associated with new medicines approved in 2012.”.