In December last year a group of MPs including Sarah Wollaston, David Davis, Julian Huppert and Adam Afriyie wrote to Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, asking for an inquiry into Tamiflu. Specifically, they asked about the way that vitally important information on clinical trials around Tamiflu have been withheld from doctors and researchers. That signatory list – I’m thinking of Afriyie, Huppert, and Wollaston in particular – is an important reminder that we benefit from having people in parliament with professional experience of medicine and science.
The Public Accounts Committee inquiry into Tamiflu is now happening. Here is a video of me and Fiona Godlee (BMJ) giving evidence, followed by civil servants (mostly discussing less interesting issues like pill storage!).
I’ve some major round-up pieces coming on the campaign to stop clinical trial results being withheld – which is now vast – our progress, and the remarkable resistance put up by some small shrinking huddles. Until then, please do sign the alltrials.net campaign, and read our extensive news page, which covers a lot of the relevant activity.