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Why Big Pharma Is Still Failing on the Clinical Trial Transparency Front

The issue of clinical transparency is still an incredibly pressing one for the global industry, as bodies such as the FDA work hard to ensure that clinical trials are run in a way that is safe, fair and ethical to protect study participants and ultimately customers when new drugs are developed.


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Jennifer Miller, an assistant professor at New York University, has designed a Good Pharma scorecard which introduces a thorough ranking system that measures big pharma companies on all elements of their trial management – particularly at communicating trial results that ultimately lead to drugs being approved and released.

However, early iterations of the first report show that some of these big names are not showing themselves in the best light.

Funding to Further the Work

Miller believes that it is essential to grade big pharma companies on their approaches to clinical transparency in order to safeguard the public. She has also now received funding that will allow her to rework the findings and rankings every year, thanks to a private grant fund of $3.6 million.

The money will also allow the report to be expanded to include all new devices, vaccines and drugs approved by the FDA.

A Valuable Tool for the Industry

The tool will be useful for a range of bodies, from a pharmaceutical services provider such as through to patient body groups who advise the public on participating in medical trials. The results from the initial study found that nearly 50pc of all FDA-reviewed drugs in 2012 – with a phase 2-3 study at least – were not actually published.

In fact, just twenty per cent of the final results were actually published on the ClinicalTrials.Gov site in the USA, which exists to inform the public about medical research and public health. This suggests that a number of big pharma companies are still putting profits ahead of transparency, progress and public health – something that Miller, and other organisations and groups involved in the clinical trials industry, want to see put right. Until true transparency is achieved, patients will struggle to get the cures that they hope for, and medical trials will fail to achieve their full potential for the good of broader public health and development of treatments.

How to look after steel surfaces in your commercial kitchen

Stainless steel is a popular choice in commercial kitchens thanks to its durability and safety benefits, but it is important to maintain it properly to prevent staining, scratching and eventual rusting.

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Whether you are cleaning your countertops, bowls or commercial refrigeration units, one of the most important considerations is the tools that you use.

Avoid anything that will scratch the stainless steel and cause damage to the protective film shield. When polishing and cleaning, always go with the grain rather than against it, especially if you are using a nylon scourer for tough marks.

Use a soft cloth if possible. Always avoid brushes, scrapers and any cleaning tools that will scratch the exterior of your equipment, surfaces or appliances.

Ensure that cleaning is carried out regularly and that the correct sanitisers are used to maintain safety standards with all of your commercial catering equipment.

When buying items from companies such as, you can enquire about the correct cleaners to use and look out for manufacturer recommendations. Generally, alkaline-chlorinated and alkaline cleaners are the most suitable options. High chlorine levels are to be avoided as this can rust and pit the steel.

Top tips

It is best to clean your stainless steel equipment and appliances immediately after use, ensuring that electrical parts are not bought into contact with water.

Dry with a clean, soft cloth to prevent water marks from forming.

Use a non-abrasive cream cleaner with no added bleach, and apply it using a damp, soft cloth to remove stubborn marks.

A hydrocarbon solvent can be used to remove fingerprints, grease and oil that soap and water have failed to eliminate. Care must be taken, however, in order to comply with COSHH regulations. These are described on the Health and Safety Executive’s website at

Glass cleaners can be useful in removing fingerprints from appliances with highly polished surfaces or cabinet trim.

Bleach should only be used with extreme caution and in compliance with manufacturers’ instructions dictating safe strengths. It should never be allowed to stay in contact with a stainless steel surface for longer than half an hour.

Many dishwashing detergents and rinse aids contain chlorides. These can cause pitting corrosion if left in contact with this type of steel for prolonged periods.

The different ways you can go gorilla trekking in Uganda

Gorilla trekking is an amazing experience and Uganda is a great place to see these fascinating animals in their natural habitat. It is home to half the world’s mountain gorilla population and offers the best chance of encountering them; in addition, it has the advantage of slightly cheaper permits than Rwanda. Why not start planning your big adventure today?

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Choosing your tour

When selecting a gorilla trekking holiday, you have to bear two important factors in mind: the cost of the permit and the tour price. Uganda has two national parks where mountain gorillas are found: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. More gorilla groups are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Tours with larger groups tend to be less expensive than those with fewer people due to the proportionately decreased transportation costs. Whichever tour you choose, even the three-day tours, you are almost guaranteed to see a gorilla family, as they are constantly tracked and monitored by rangers for the tour operators.

Tours can be booked through companies such as Most tours allow you to spend just an hour in the company of gorillas; however, you can book a holiday that includes a gorilla habituation experience whereby you get to spend a whole day with a gorilla family. Some travellers prefer to wait until they arrive in Kampala to find a tour operator and book a tour.

The gorilla trekking tour

The tour usually begins with a day’s drive from Kampala to one of the cities close to Bwindi National Park: Nkuringo, Buhoma, Rushaga or Ruhija. You will spend the night here before an early start in the morning. Once you arrive in the national park, the rangers will brief you on the procedure and you will be reminded that the gorillas may approach you but you are not allowed to approach them.

According to the WWF, conservation efforts in recent years have resulted in an increase in the number of mountain gorillas, despite poaching, civil conflicts and the encroachment of human populations.

Tracking the gorillas can take between 30 minutes and eight hours, depending on their movements. Once they have been located, you will be able to enjoy one of the most memorable and unique experiences of your life.

When Your Home is Invaded

There were a lot of facts to consider when I bought my first home. From home insurance to property tax, I thought I had everything under control. I had been looking forward to owning my first home for the longest time and found myself very content with the single largest purchase that I have ever made. I’m sure you can imagine my shock, then, when I came home one day to discover that my house had been broke into. The anger that I felt is indescribable. So it’s not a surprise that I called adt home security that same day and had them install the most expensive security system that I could afford. (more…)

Cyber Monday is Better Than Black Friday

My favorite shopping day of the year used to be Black Friday. I would plan my Thanksgiving meal around my shopping schedule, that is how much I liked it. Notice that is past tense now. I went out a few years ago and had a horrible time because people are just getting more rude each year, it seems. I vowed that I was not going to put up with it, because it really took all of the joy out of it. Thankfully, I found out I can still get the best deals on Cyber Monday, so that is now my favorite shopping day.

Instead of having to nap while the rest of my family is having a good time watching football and playing games, I am now able to take part in all of the holiday festivities with them. Even when Monday rolls around, I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to get ready. (more…)