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If a clinical trial is failing, and the corporation decides to reassign people, then the scientists involved still have an obligation to publish a result, even if that result is a short note saying "we broke the blind and the test results are useless".

The notion of having to register early in a study is an excellent one. In a perfect world, the FDA should interpret an unpublished clinical trial as "EVERYONE WHO TOOK THIS DRUG CAUGHT FIRE AND DIED" and factor that in to the decision to approve or deny a potential drug/device/methodology.

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