Research practices

We make sure we carry out our research to high ethical and quality standards.

Investment in R&D is at the core of our business and we make sure we carry out our research to high ethical and quality standards. We aim to address any concerns by being open about our research and regularly engaging with academic scientists, regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders.

Transparency of our research

The safety and effectiveness of new medicines must be demonstrated through clinical trials. Providing greater access to data from these trials – regardless of whether the results might be considered positive or negative – allows others to conduct further research. This also helps us ensure we maximise the contribution made by the thousands of volunteers and patients participating in our studies.

Since 2004, we have had an online clinical study register where we make available information on our trials, including summaries of results. For the past number of years, we have led the industry in sharing information and data about trials to advance medical science and patient care. We were the first company to make Clinical Study Reports publicly available. These formal reports are the basis of submissions to regulatory agencies and include detailed information on the design, methods and results of our trials. We post them on our clinical study register with patients’ personal information removed.

We were also the first pharmaceutical company to sign up to the AllTrials campaign for trials to be registered and results reported.