PhRMA Updates Code Principles on Company-Sponsored Speaker Programs

Sep 08, 2021

Posted by Sidley Austin

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) recently updated its principles addressing speaker programs in its Code on Interactions with Health Care Professionals (PhRMA Code or Code). The PhRMA Code is a voluntary code of ethics addressing pharmaceutical company interactions with U.S. healthcare professionals. The revised Code reaffirms that interactions between pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare professionals in the context of company-sponsored speaker programs should focus on the provision of substantive product, scientific, and educational information. It also reiterates that meals provided as a business courtesy in connection with such programs should be modest as judged by local standards and incidental to bona fide educational programming. Continue reading

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