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Saturday, July 17, 2004

WHO joins call for public access to drug trials

Shankar Vedantam, WHO Wants to Start Drug Trial Registry, Washington Post, July 8, 2004. Excerpt: "The World Health Organization wants to establish an international registry of drug trials to ensure that the public finds out when medications do not work, as well as when they do, officials said yesterday. Pressure has been growing on pharmaceutical companies to fully disclose details of all clinical trials, not just those that support the use of their products. WHO officials said an international database, which would be modeled on registries in the United States and other countries, will be proposed to national health ministers at a meeting in November."