Tuesday, 11 September 2007

More opaque than an opaque thing... Part IV

I thought I might as well go through all the hoops and mail the Head of the absurdly-named Intelligence and Enforcement Unit, at the MHRA. This to Michael Deats, copied to Woods, Breckenridge, Vara, Johnson and the CPS:

Dear Mr Deats,

I am currently engaged in a discussion with Professors Woods and Breckenridge and the CPS (please see below) on a question over the application of Regulation 50 of the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 (as amended).

Would it be your position, as Head of the Intelligence and Enforcement Unit at the MHRA, that where trials have been carried out on a drug, and those trials have produced negative results, and that there are also trials of that same drug that have yielded results that are interpreted as positive, and it is subsequently only the positive results that are submitted in support of a marketing authorization application, that the presentation of only the positive data (owing to the suppression of the negative data) amounts to the provision of "false or misleading" information, under Regulation 50?

Best regards

Matthew Holford

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