Trials and revelations: Are you taking the right medicine?

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Ben Goldacre: the most famous doctor in Britain

Funds worth $3.5 trillion backing calls for transparency in clinical trial reporting may prove a game-changer for pharmaceutical accountability

When your doctor advises you to take a certain medicine, you might assume he or she has been able to closely scrutinise that medicine and the clinical trials that were carried out. You would, however, be wrong.

Pharmaceutical companies do not have to publish tests or clinical trials that they do not like.

Unsurprisingly, this has seen the results of many negative clinical trials being suppressed – or hidden – from doctors, patients and health service management.

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