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Capitol Health Call
August 10, 2005

Trials on the Record

JAMA. 2005;294(6):673. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.673-a

Legislation that would mandate the publication of the results of clinical trials in a publicly accessible clinical trials database was introduced July 1 in the House of Representatives.

The Fair Access to Clinical Trials Act would require the sponsors of publicly and privately funded studies of drugs, biologics, or medical devices to register in a database that builds on the National Library of Medicine’s online database (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov). It would also require the sponsors to provide basic information about the study before it begins, allow public access to the results, and authorize the imposition of penalties on those who do not comply.