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Over the past two years, many major U.S. universities have done a better job of registering clinical trials and reporting results to a federal database, a sign that demands for greater transparency are starting to have an effect on study sponsors, according to a new analysis.

Specifically, the percentage of unreported trials that were sponsored by 40 universities fell to 7% this past February from 30% in March 2019. And 17 institutions were fully compliant with reporting requirements under federal law, up from 13 two years ago. At the same time, the number of studies that were registered with ClinicalTrials.gov more than tripled to 1,500 from nearly 450 in early 2019.

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