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British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt : NHS bosses face jail over links to drug firms

Pharma Compliance Info British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt : NHS bosses face jail over links to drug firms Global

Senior medical staff will be forced to declare all gifts and hospitality they receive from drug companies or face the sack and the threat of jail. In a major crackdown on corruption in the National Health Service, all hospitals and GP groups will be required to keep a register of hospitality and gifts from pharmaceutical firms to health service staff. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, says he was forced to act after the Telegraph uncovered “disturbing” evidence of senior NHS managers being paid thousands of pounds and taken on expensive trips by firms lobbying to get their drugs used. To …

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Revealed: Plans for Manchester specific NICE guidance and ‘Sunshine Act’

Pharma Compliance Info Revealed: Plans for Manchester specific NICE guidance and 'Sunshine Act' Global

COMMISSIONING: Ambitious proposals have been drawn up which could transform the way medicines and pharmacy services are commissioned in Greater Manchester. – Shake-up proposed for commissioning medicines and pharmacy in Greater Manchester – Team has drawn up plans for region specific NICE guidance – Commissioners also suggest a local version of the US “Sunshine Act” To read the article by Lawrence Dunhill

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UK Sunshine Act | Doctors may have to declare links to drug companies

Pharma Compliance Info UK Sunshine Act | Doctors may have to declare links to drug companies Global

Doctors and health officials could be ordered to declare any financial ties to pharmaceutical companies under plans being considered by ministers. National Health Service England said an investigation by The Telegraph into senior staff receiving money from drugs firms raised the question of whether the Government should legislate for full disclosure of payments made to health professionals. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is understood to be considering a new law. Multiple inquiries were launched by the NHS yesterday into revelations by The Telegraph that health service staff are being paid thousands of pounds by drug companies lobbying them to use …

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Exclusive: Prior signals support for procurement “UK Sunshine Act”

Pharma Compliance Info Exclusive: Prior signals support for procurement "UK Sunshine Act" Global

The minister for NHS productivity has revealed that the government may legislate to ensure the relationship between doctors and medical device suppliers is above board. Lord Prior, in an exclusive interview with HSJ yesterday, confirmed he was considering acting on the suggestion of an English equivalent of the US “Sunshine Act”, made by the review of NHS efficiency by Lord Carter. To read the article by Ben Clover

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China healthcare’s “Sunshine Act” and the journalist who exposed corruption: common cause?

With China’s media often containing significant items of “managed opinion” it’s hard to tell whether common themes that emerge in coverage are coincidence or not. Take this week’s high profile case of a health journalist involved in legal action over an article in which he exposed corruption in purchasing at a Sichuan hospital. Is this a case of censorship by litigation – or is the government trying to use this case to back its own policy of reforming hospital purchasing? To read the article by MICHAEL WOODHEAD in China Medical News

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Conflits dans les conflits d’intérêts

Pharma Compliance Info Conflits dans les conflits d’intérêts Global

Comment gérer les conflits d’intérêt des auteurs d’articles médicaux ? Jusqu’à récemment, les revues tentaient de régler cette question en exigeant la transparence et en interdisant aux auteurs ayant reçu de l’argent de l’industrie, pharmaceutique entre autres, d’écrire des articles de formation. Mais il y a du nouveau. A la surprise générale, la revue star de la médecine, le New England Journal of Medicine, vient de proposer un réexamen de ces contraintes. Et avec de gros moyens. Trois articles écrits par la correspondante nationale et un éditorial du rédacteur en chef sont utilisés pour expliquer qu’il devient quasi impossible de …

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