Scorecard & Ranking
Our Good Pharma Scorecard ranks the 20 largest pharma companies and each new medicine and vaccine on key ethics, human rights, and public health criteria, beginning with R&D and clinical trial transparency.
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Why are Ranking and Transparency Important?
The safety and efficacy information for the medicines we use are contained in clinical trials, the human experiments largely sponsored by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. These trials, how they are done and their results, must be transparent and publicly available, because:
- Prescription guidelines, medical care, and formulary decisions are based on reviews of the publicly available trial information.
- Thousands of people participate in important industry-sponsored trials each year, believing they are helping advance medical knowledge, which is not the case if the trials are unpublished.
Transparency is important for building merited trust in the life sciences sector and their work: As few as 12% of Americans trust that drug companies are honest and ethical. This distrust can be a substantial barrier to patients participating in clinical trials and to patients taking their medicines.