Anti-corruption: All roads lead to enforcement

When it comes to corruption, Life Sciences companies are a frequent target of investigation and enforcement. The French enactment of Sapin II is the latest in a long line of laws to combat corruption. This article explores Sapin II and why the authors feel that Life Sciences companies are among the best positioned to comply with Sapin II’s requirements. To read the article by Amy Greenstein, Caroline Franco, Darren Jones and Veronique Monjardet

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Les dispositions anti-corruption et lancement d’alerte de la loi Sapin II largement validées par le Conseil Constitutionnel

Le Conseil Constitutionnel a rendu, le 8 décembre dernier, sa décision relative à la loi Sapin II. De nombreuses dispositions ont été censurées – 27 articles au total – notamment en tant que cavaliers. Les dispositions relatives à l’anti-corruption ont pour leur part été largement validées. En tout état de cause, il est important que les entreprises puissent se mettre rapidement en ordre de marche s’agissant de leur mise en conformité et particulièrement avec les articles 17 et suivants qui ne nécessitent pas de textes d’application pour la partie relative aux plans de prévention. Pour lire l’article de Blandine Fauran

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Doctors’ billings: Transparency is the best medicine


Ontario’s privacy watchdog has ordered the province to publish the names of the 100 doctors whose billings to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan are highest. An adjudicator, ruling on an access-to-information request from the Toronto Star, said the billings are “not personal information” and, even if they were, it would be in the public interest to reveal them. The Ontario Medical Association, which represents the province’s 28,000 physicians, opposed release of the data, saying it could be misconstrued. (Billings are not salaries but gross payments from which doctors must pay office overhead, benefits and pension.). The OMA has not yet …

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In science, follow the money – if you can

In science as in politics, most people agree that transparency is essential. Top journals now require authors to disclose their funding sources so that readers can judge the possibility of bias, and the British Medical Journal recently required authors to disclose their data as well so that experts can run independent analyses of the results. But as transparency becomes the standard, many academics are resisting the trend without pushback from their universities. After researcher Wei-Hock Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics was caught taking money from fossil fuel companies while claiming that climate change is not happening, the Smithsonian …

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