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The European Union Court of Justice has rejected an effort by the European Medicines Agency to release clinical trial data to third parties over the objections of a pair of drug makers.

The regulator had appealed two separate rulings by the General Court of the European Union, which last September temporarily blocked its attempt to release certain data for drugs sold by Merck and PTC Therapeutics. In rejecting the appeals, the Court of Justice determined the lower court did not err in concluding the companies could suffer financial harm if their data was released. As a result, the EMA must now wait until the cases are fully decided.

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