New guidelines for pharmaceutical companies in Ireland.
Last week the Irish Times reported that there are new guidelines for Irish-based pharmaceutical companies. These new guidelines have set out strict criteria for the promotion of new drugs to health professionals. This should effectively stop the big pharma funding our healthcare professional’s foreign holidays, top sporting events and exclusive dinners; this is done to promote their products, pretty persuasive too. Bet the words Suicide ideation never gets a mention at one of those evenings.
There are two interesting points in the article:
(i) Pharmaceutical companies must also declare for the first time in clear language the support they give to patients’ associations.
(ii) Consultants who have entered contractual arrangements with companies or are employed on a part-time basis while still practising their profession, should be “strongly encouraged” to declare their arrangements with the company.
Patients’ associations and depression websites funded by pharmaceutical companies who manufacture drugs for the same conditions? Hmm. It will be interesting to see, when Lundbeck, GSK, Pfizer ect, make these declarations, which patients’ associations and depression websites they prop up.
It will also be interesting to see exactly which Consultants are funded by the Pharma industry!
Nearly two years ago the Irish Medicines Board was supposed to provide public access to the declarations of interest of its staff, board and committee members in pharmaceutical companies; this has still not been done.