Guidance on collaboration between healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry [UK] – 29 March 2012

Posted on March 30, 2012. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: , |

Guidance on collaboration between healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry. Ethics, transparency, partnership – jointly produced by senior representatives of the pharmaceutical industry and the healthcare community – 29 March 2012

Media release 

“Healthcare leaders from across the UK have today published a new set of guidelines to promote positive collaboration between health organisations and the pharmaceutical industry and help guide their working practices and interaction. The statement of best practice was signed by 18 healthcare organisations, including the Department of Health, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

The publication comes as collaborative working becomes an increasingly important way for the NHS to address key health challenges in a constrained budgetary environment.

The guidance has been formulated by the Ethical Standards in Health and Life Sciences Group (ESHLSG) which is comprised of leading figures from the professional, representative and regulatory bodies from the health professional community and life sciences industry. The Group was established to address issues in partnership which impact on the relationship between commercial organisations and health professionals and ensures that these relationships meet the high expectations of stakeholders, and particularly patients.

Specifically the statement:

• Acknowledges that active collaboration can deliver better patient care and improved outcomes.

• Clearly describes the current working environment in which pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals operate and the rules and regulations to which all parties must abide.

• Details in a “Dos and Don’ts” section, every day, practical advice for those working in collaboration to improve patient outcomes.”

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