HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 c1027W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the results of pharmaceutical research indicating negative results are made available to(a) the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and (b) the public. [171854]

Miss Melanie Johnson

Pharmaceutical companies must submit all research data to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in support of any application for a marketing authorisation of a medicinal product. We have no plans to compel pharmaceutical companies or others to provide unpublished research data to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

It is for the company or the research author(s) to decide whether they wish to publish their data.