Med Journal Rule Harms Patient Privacy, Pharma Group Says

Law360, New York (February 5, 2013, 4:33 PM EST) -- A U.S. pharmaceutical industry group on Monday criticized the British Medical Journal's decision to publish only studies for which patient-level clinical trial data is made public, arguing it threatens patients' privacy and undermines the regulatory process.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America denounced the BMJ policy in a statement targeting the recent book "Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients," by Dr. Ben Goldacre, which accuses the pharmaceutical industry of hiding unfavorable drug research and unduly influencing physicians.

"The demands by Dr....
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