GlaxoSmithKline Will No Longer Pay Doctors to Shill Prescription Drugs

by Emily Leaman | December 20, 2013 10:35 am

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Here’s an interesting development in the medical world. Newsworks[1] is reporting that GlaxoSmithKline, the London-based drugmaker with a huge presence in the Philadelphia region (see: the shiny new office building in the Navy Yard), will stop paying doctors to promote its drugs in a move spurred by the Affordable Care Act toward better transparency. Relatedly, GSK won’t compensate sales reps anymore, either, based on prescription sales.

Listen to this:

Mary Anne Rhyne, a GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman, said the company headquartered in London will continue to offer educational grants to physicians, separate from its promotional efforts.

From now on, she added, it will use in-house medical personnel as education resources.

Read more over at Newsworks[1].

Endnotes:
  1. Newsworks: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/component/flexicontent/item/63023-glaxosmithkline-to-stop-paying-doctors-for-promoting-drugs

Source URL: http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2013/12/20/glaxosmithkline-will-longer-pay-doctors-shill-prescription-drugs/