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Public Health England admits delay in publishing trials data

England’s public health body has admitted delays in releasing data from clinical trials after MPs criticised its failure to publish the results of three trials.

In a letter to Norman Lamb, chairman of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie acknowledged the body had not complied with European Union legislation that requires the publication of data on the EU Clinical Trials Register (EUCTR).

The committee said in a report published on 23 October that the PHE had three unreported clinical trials dating from 2010 to 2016 and related to meningitis vaccines. According to the MPs, a number of NHS trusts were also found to have high numbers of unreported clinical trials. “Public trust in medicine could easily be eroded by failures in clinical trials transparency from such important parts of the health system,” the report said.

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