Pharma Should Embrace Data Transparency: Sanofi (France) (SAN.PA) Exec
12/5/2012 7:31:16 AM
Sanofi's chief strategy officer David-Alexandre Gros has said the pharmaceutical industry should have nothing to fear about publishing raw data from clinical trials, a stance not shared by a number of drugmakers. The Financial Times Global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology conference in London burst into life when one of the panel discussions turned to the topic of companies publishing complete raw datasets from their clinical trials. The spotlight has been on the latter of late, driven by campaigners such as the BMJ, the Cochrane Collaboration and Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre, with increasing calls for public access to trial outcomes, whether they are positive or negative. Mr Gros was taking part in a discussion on new operating models for pharma with David Morris, global head development franchise, primary care at Novartis, and Jane Griffiths, company chairman of Janssen Europe, Middle East and Africa. When the debate turned to the issue of clinical trial transparency, Mr Morris said the release of raw data was a "challenging" issue that has to be managed appropriately.