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Medicines transparency at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the new information age: the perspectives of patients

Way, Dominic, Bouder, Frederic, Löfstedt, Ragnar and Evensen, Darrick 2016. Medicines transparency at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the new information age: the perspectives of patients. Journal of Risk Research 19 (9) , pp. 1185-1215. 10.1080/13669877.2016.1200652

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The concept of transparency has gained widespread appeal in the European pharmaceutical domain, not least at the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Agency policies have two main objectives: (1) to enable the reuse of data (e.g. clinical study reports) and (2) to empower patients to directly and indirectly make more informed decisions on medicines. Past research has almost exclusively focused on the perspectives of external researchers intending to reanalyse data made publically available. Few studies, however, have explored what can be learnt from the perspectives of other actors (e.g. health care professionals, patients, the regulators themselves, industry and others). This empirical study explores the EMA’s transparency policies from the perspectives of patients. After presenting the results of a survey (N = 1010) with a sample of individuals diagnosed with five specific medical conditions (HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) from four EU countries (Germany, Spain, France and the UK), the authors argue that EMA’s transparency policies do not adequately address the real-world complexities of communicating with patients. In turn, the paper concludes that the perspective of patients provides an essential contribution to understanding the full net effects (positive, negative and/or limited) of EMA’s transparency policies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: transparency, patients, European Medicines Agency, pharmaceutical regulation
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1366-9877
Date of Acceptance: 31 May 2016
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 03:48

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