Why data from published trials should be made public

Theconversation.edu.au:  April 6, 2012, 8.36am.
TRANSPARENCY AND MEDICINE – A series examining issues from ethics to the evidence in evidence-based medicine, the influence of medical journals to the role of Big Pharma in our present and future health.

Here Ian Haines makes an argument for research data from published papers to be made public.

It’s time for medical journals to mandate data release and independent audits for all clinical trials submitted for publication. And here’s why.

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