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In recent weeks, the National Institutes of Health has begun emailing academic institutions that failed to submit results of clinical trials to a government database, a move that comes shortly after a federal watchdog harshly criticized the agency for lax oversight.

More than two dozen institutions have been contacted as of this week, according to the Clinical Trials Registration and Results Reporting Taskforce, a national consortium of academic medical centers, universities, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations focused on clinical trial transparency. The taskforce is currently surveying its members to determine the extent of the NIH effort.


For instance, the NIH wrote on Oct. 19 to a Johns Hopkins University researcher to note that the institution is required to post the results of a clinical trial for which the agency provided grant money. The NIH made clear the university has 30 days in which to provide evidence that results were posted to or explain why it is not required to do so.

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