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Pharma Compliance Info Disclosure of drug company payments to healthcare professionals is on its way in the UK — a big step towards transparency EFPIA

Disclosure of drug company payments to healthcare professionals is on its way in the UK — a big step towards transparency

Around £40m is paid to healthcare professionals in the UK each year by pharmaceutical companies. These payments are unidentifiable, made available on an aggregate basis.Pharma Compliance Info Disclosure of drug company payments to healthcare professionals is on its way in the UK — a big step towards transparency EFPIA
However, from 30 June 2016, for the first time patients will be able find out if their doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional has received any payments from a pharmaceutical company. The payments, which could include being paid to attend a medical event or acting as an adviser to a pharmaceutical or medical device company, will be listed on a publicly searchable database called Disclosure UK. This will be hosted by the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), the trade association of companies in the UK that produce prescription medicines.
The good news is that the road towards transparency does not end there. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt plans to go further in the UK by bringing in a ‘sunshine rule’ (so called because it mirrors the Physician Payment Sunshine Act in the United States) on dealings between NHS personnel and companies. Under the proposal, NHS staff found to be abusing their position by taking extravagant gifts or hospitality and lobbying for unneeded or overly expensive drugs could be punished with measures such as disciplinary action, dismissal or imprisonment. The sunshine rule will have teeth.
To read the article by The Pharmaceutical Journal

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