One of the buzzwords in modern clinical research is transparency… but how would we know if it had all gone a bit too far? Here are some signs to watch out for:
- Doctors being required to state whether (or not) they had been involved in the clinical trials of a medicine each time they prescribe it.
- Sponsors being required to disclose the eye colour of the monitor who checked each data point.
- Patients being required to give ePRO data on every visit, whether or not they receive a drug in a clinical trial (or, indeed, any drug at all).
- Patients being required to report on cancer progression/morbidity/mortality at every visit, whatever the reason, to be included in a massive “cures cancer”/”causes cancer” registry study sponsored by the Daily Mail.
- Academic researchers being required to disclose whether they have actually found anything significant after re-analysing all the massive data files they have called for, and how many of them have simply reiterated the findings in the initial summary reports and published papers.