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Sometimes, sabre rattling works.

Three years ago, a U.K. parliamentary committee chair warned dozens of universities that they had six months to do a better job of reporting clinical trial results or they would face hearings. Now, a new analysis finds the gambit worked: Last year, 20 major universities disclosed 91% of their required trial results, up from just 29% shortly before the warnings were issued.


Moreover, by last June, all 20 of the major universities had posted more than 70% of the required trial results on a European database and five of those universities had a perfect reporting rate of 100%, including the University of Birmingham, the University of Glasgow, and the Queen Mary University of London, according to the analysis published in Clinical Trials.

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