Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding has agreed to expand access to its clinical trial data as the pharmaceutical industry faces calls for greater transparency on scientific data.
The company's move follows a decision this month by British rival GlaxoSmithKline to publish detailed clinical study reports as well as the results of all drug trials.
Roche has also come under pressure from critics, including non-profit organization The Cochrane Collaboration, to hand over data on its blockbuster flu drug Tamiflu amid claims from researchers that there is little evidence it works.
The drugmaker said on Tuesday that it would work with an independent body to evaluate and approve requests to access anonymized patient data and would support the release of full clinical study reports(CSR) via regulatory authorities.
"We understand and support calls for our industry to be more transparent about clinical trial data with the aim of meeting the best interests of patients and medicine," Daniel O'Day, head of Roche's pharmaceuticals unit, said.