Announcement Date: March 3, 2015
“Imagine a Hollywood doomsday scenario: a flu pandemic sweeps the world, hundreds of millions of people are infected. How prepared are we for a flu pandemic? Will our stockpiles of Tamiflu stop a pandemic in its tracks? Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates.” ABC Catalyst program
Prof Chris Del Mar
There’s a problem here – data being collected, patients take part in a trial and that data never published. And that’s a disgrace. That can’t be allowed to continue.
Prof Peter Collignon
The reality is more data’s become available. It doesn’t appear to be working anywhere near as well as my expectation was, and I think a lot of people’s expectation.
Dr Fiona Godlee
I think it’s very hard to explain why this behaviour by the pharmaceutical industry in suppressing data over many years is not considered as misconduct. As many people would say, in a scientific experiment, if you suppress data, that’s considered misconduct. We should be pushing back and saying this is unacceptable, this is not justified by commercial interests. This is about patients’ health, public health and we absolutely have to have all the trial data of trials that are performed on the members of the public.