Clinical trials are the “gold standard” of evidence-based medicine – the best way we have to test whether a drug is safe and effective before it enters the market. But if trial data is poorly reported or – even worse – left unpublished, how are we supposed to determine the true value of a medical treatment? Peter Doshi from the RIAT Support Center has made it his mission to fix the problem and improve data transparency for good.
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The Restoring Invisible & Abandoned Trials (RIAT) Support Center offers free support to researchers anywhere in the world that would like to publish an unpublished trial or correct a misreported trial.
The AllTrials campaign calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.
The Tamiflu campaign highlighted important discrepancies between journal publications and the underlying clinical study reports, and increased awareness of the importance of independent access to underlying trial data.
A 2016 systematic review found that much of the information on adverse events remains unpublished and that the number and range of adverse events is higher in unpublished than in published versions of the same study.
Authors from the European Medicines Agency debate whether clinical trial publications are a sufficient basis for healthcare decisions.
Peter Doshi and David Healy argue that doctors should not recommend COVID-19 treatments and vaccines when full data are not publicly available.
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