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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Partial sunshine solution for medicos

The Australian Competition Tribunal yesterday ordered drug companies to disclose every six months on the website of Medicines Australia, the peak drug company body, the full details of the 'hospitality' they shower on health professionals.

The Tribunal said there was a significant detriment associated with the unrestricted development of non arms-length relationships between pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals.

The order stopped short of requiring publication of the names of recipients, something urged by some of the experts. Now that would be sunshine treatment.

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