The co-operation between the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare professionals is important for novel medicine innovations, for identifying healthcare needs and for clinical trials.
The members of Pharma Industry Finland PIF are committed to the disclosure of economic information on their co-operation with the healthcare professionals. This guarantees that the joint operations are transparent and open.
The disclosure model is in place throughout Europe. The obligation is binding to all members of EFPIA, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations – and in Finland to the members of PIF.
What does diclosure of co-operation mean in practice?
The pharmaceutical companies publish a report on their website, containing the information about the co-operation with healthcare professionals and organisations.
This includes, for example
- the registration fees for seminars or training paid for
- travelling and accommodation costs
- speaker and consultation fees
The name of the recipients, their places or work as well as the value and form of the benefit or fee are published. For data security reasons, the publication of data on individuals calls for the consent of the person in question. If such consent is not obtained, the data is disclosed without the name of the person involved.
The first disclosure will take place 31.5.2016, focusing on the information for the year 2015.
The Finnish Medical Association supports the disclosure.
Increased openness and trust
Co-operations create inevitable links that may also be economic by nature. It is justified that the experts in a field receive a reasonable compensation for the work done. In addition, the training organised or paid for by the companies provide the doctors and other professionals with important new knowledge.
The disclosure of economic data
- dissipates distrust associated with the operations
- makes the co-operation transparent, meeting the modern expectations of open operations
- at best, enhances people's trust in the whole sector.
It is important that the general public and the healthcare stakeholder understand the significance of the co-operation between the industry and healthcare professionals.