UK Health Officials Hide Results of Major Vaccine Trials

UK Health Officials Hide Results of Major Vaccine Trials

Public Health England (PHE), an agency within the United Kingdom’s Department of Health and Social Care, has failed to publish the results of three major clinical trials evaluating childhood vaccines, according to British newspaper The Telegraph. The failure “breached the law” by neglecting to add the results of the trials to the EU Clinical Trials Register (EUCTR), thus preventing the “scientific community to scrutinize the outcomes.”1 2

Experts have accused PHE of an “incomprehensible” violation of the trust of parents who gave their consent for their children to take part in the tests.1

The EUCTR was established in 2011 by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to allow “public access to information on interventional clinical trials for medicines” authorized within the European Union.2 According to the EMA’s Lise Murphy, the EUCTR was launched to increase “transparency of medical research” and “make it much easier for patients to find information about clinical trials taking place in Europe.”3

The largest of the three vaccine clinical trials, which included 640 children under 16 years of age, was designed to test the safety and efficacy of a new meningococcal and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. That trial was conducted in 2016. The EUCTR requires registration of trial results within 12 months.1

The PHE’s failure to register the results of the vaccine trials with the EUCTR prevents the public from knowing how the children participating in the vaccine studies fared. However, this neglect is not entirely surprising. According to a recent study published in the journal BMJ, “Compliance with the European Commission requirement for all trials to post results on to the EUCTR within 12 months of completion has been poor, with half of all trials non-compliant.”4

The study found that, of the 7,247 clinical trials conducted in Europe, only 49.5 percent of researchers in charge of the clinical trials have reported the results.4

The lead author of the BMJ paper, Ben Goldacre of the University of Oxford, said, “This problem strikes to the heart of evidence based medicine. We cannot make informed choices about which treatments work best, as doctors and patients, unless all results are reported.”4 5


References:

1 Bodkin H. Public Health England withholding vaccines results making it impossible to establish if drugs could be harmful. The Telegraph Sept. 15, 2018.
2 EU Clinical Trials Register. ClinicalTrialsRegister.eu.
3 Press Release. EU Clinical Trials Register goes live. European Medicines Agency Mar. 22, 2011.
4 Goldacre B, DeVito NJ, Heneghan C, Irving F, Bacon S, Fleminger J, Curtis H. Compliance with requirement to report results on the EU Clinical Trials Register: cohort study and web resourceBMJ 2018;362:k3218
5 Half of European clinical trials haven’t reported results. AllTrials.net Sept. 13, 2018.

3 Responses to "UK Health Officials Hide Results of Major Vaccine Trials"

  1. Susan   October 5, 2018 at 10:51 am

    In answer to Ben Goldacres statement, “this problem strikes to the heart of evidence based medicine. We cannot make informed choices about which treatments work best, as doctors and patients, unless all results are reported.” I would say the makers of vaccines do not want patients to HAVE A CHOICE. There is no other plausible explanation.

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  2. David   October 6, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Many cynics have suggested that, actually, Big Pharma want people to get sick. More business down the line. There’s not much money in heathy people.

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  3. Geoffrey Brandt   October 7, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Is the nhs captured by the money pumped in by big pharma? The regulatory bodies appear to be. Conflicts of interest are ignored and every industry expert is dependant on Pharma to give research grants or otherwise fund their existence. How can unbiased judgements ever again be reached?

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