Having been criticized for failing to spot problems with drugs such as Merck's (MRK) Vioxx...

|About: Merck & Co Inc. (MRK)|By:, SA News Editor

Having been criticized for failing to spot problems with drugs such as Merck's (MRK) Vioxx painkiller, the European Medicines Agency plans to make large sets of clinical data publicly available, catapulting the bloc ahead of the U.S. for transparency. Scientists hope to use the data to test the claims of drug firms, and to find new treatment methods.