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Clinical Trials

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the objective value of medicinal drugs trials undertaken by (a) pharmaceutical companies and (b) independent bodies. (118597)

Clinical trials are required by law and are essential in medicines development to evaluate safety and efficacy. Applicants must supply all relevant data generated including those from any unfavourable or incomplete trials. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. The data are rigorously assessed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.