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Bacon MP: Drug companies 'routinely' twist research

Clinicians and regulators do not know about the drugs they prescribe because of the withholding of data by pharmaceutical companies, a group of MPs has suggested.

Conservative MP Richard Bacon, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, told the Today programme's Mishal Husain: "For years and years… drugs companies have been able legally to withhold from the public domain information about their clinical trials."

He argued that drugs companies should now publish the "millions and millions of pages of data" that have previously gone unseen.

"The whole point of scientific research is that you take all the data," he added.

He also noted that when data is purposefully unpublished, this can lead to a twisting of the research, which is allowed in the drugs industry "quite routinely".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 3 January 2014.

  • 03 Jan 2014
  • From the section Health