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ASCO tweaks conference embargo policy

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ascoThe annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is closely watched by reporters and Wall Street analysts alike, and that usually makes it good fodder for Embargo Watch. ASCO has changed its embargo policy regularly over the years, and this year is no exception.

According an email sent to reporters earlier this month:

The embargoes will lift and press briefings will occur on the same day as the abstract’s scientific presentation.

That email sent us to this PDF, which lays out more details. It’s a bit confusing, but rather than having everything but the late breakers lift weeks before the conference, what ASCO is now calling “Newly Released Abstracts” — “Plenary, Late-Breaking (LBA), and Clinical Review (CRA) Abstracts (also known as Proceedings II)” — will be released at 6:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time the day they’re being presented. Some of the press conferences for those abstracts will, therefore, happen after the embargo lifts.

On Twitter, Brian Reid — who wrote about last year’s changes to the ASCO policy for Embargo Watch — asked the organization why they’d made more changes:

We timed the embargo lift to coincide w/the public release of abstracts online and onsite distribution of hard copy abstracts

I’ll keep an eye on in May when embargoes start lifting.


Written by Ivan Oransky

March 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This looks like a common sense policy. Before, you had the release of abstracts making news and occasionally moving stock prices weeks ahead of the time when the doctors were actually together at ASCO talking. I wonder if there are any drawbacks.

    Quinn Eastman

    March 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

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