Substantial delays in clinical data published by the European Medicines Agency – a cross sectional study

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Background: Reporting bias poses a fundamental threat to the transparency and validity of interpretations of clinical trials, which may, in part, be mitigated through access Clinical Study Reports (CSRs). The European Medicines Agency (EMA), under their Policy 0070, prospectively publishes clinical data, including CSRs, submitted as part of marketing authorization applications or post-authorization procedures, although this practice is currently suspended for non-COVID-19 medicines, and have set out planned timelines for publication. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study assessing the content and characteristics of all clinical data packages released by the EMA under Policy 0070 and the time to their publication. We extracted the number and characteristics of trials included in the clinical packages, assessed the delay to publication relative to the EMAs planned timeline and whether it differed between the EMAs various transparency measures and types of application procedures. Results: We identified 148 clinical data packages that contained data on a total of 1,005 clinical trials, of which 261 (26%) were labelled as phase 3 trials. Full CSRs were available for 913 (90•8%) of the trials. The median time to publication was 511 (IQR 411 to 574) days. Only 2 (1•4%) of the clinical data packages were published within the EMA's planned timeline. The delay was shorter for clinical data packages released under the EMAs transparency measures for COVID.19 medicines compared with their standard transparency measure. Conclusion: The clinical data packages released by the EMA under Policy 0070 contained CSRs on many trials but were published with considerable delays relative to the timeline set forth by the EMA, reducing their potential impact on reporting bias.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
Vol/bind146
Sider (fra-til)68-76
ISSN0895-4356
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2022

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Funding: No specific funding was received for this project.

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