Responding to news from the European General Court on 30 April 2013, Stephen Whitehead, Chief Executive of the ABPI, said: “We are committed to the increased transparency of clinical trial information as a means to further medical research."
"Whilst we cannot comment on individual cases, there are clearly a number complex issues that need to be considered when disclosing clinical trial information. Firstly, it is essential that patient confidentiality is not compromised. Secondly, it is important commercially sensitive information is not published which may undermine companies’ intellectual property and in turn their ability to research and develop new medicines. We are currently in discussion with a wide range of stakeholders, to develop practical solutions to these issues."
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