Pharmaceutical Trial Database Mysteriously Disappears


The Public Library of Science (PLoS) revealed today that the lead author of a study identifying publication bias (released this week in PLoS Medicine) has discovered that a database ( set up to “serve the valuable function of making clinical trial results for many marketed pharmaceuticals more transparent…” had silently disappeared. Compliance with legislation requiring study sponsors to deposit results in a government database ( is still very poor, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal earlier this year.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].