Drug Industry Site Will Show Trials
An association that represents the nation's leading drug manufacturers said Tuesday it has created a Web site where companies can list clinical trials they sponsored for drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Unlike the FDA's clinicaltrials.gov, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America site will not list trials that are still enrolling patients. Nor will the PhRMA site post details of every clinical trial that companies sponsor, as drug makers GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Merck & Co. and Forest Labs have promised to do. Beginning Oct. 1, the site will summarize results from selected trials completed since Oct. 1, 2002, on FDA-approved drugs. No details will be listed from clinical trials for drugs that fail to gain FDA approval.