Minister wants pharmaceuticals to disclose payments

4th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Dutch Health Minister Ab Klink wants all payments made by pharmaceutical companies to doctors and scientists to be made public.

THE HAGUE – All pharmaceutical companies should disclose all payments to doctors and scientists, said Dutch Health Minister Ab Klink in an interview with Trouw.

Payments that the minister wants declared include money, presents and free meals.

The minister, who wants to introduce legislation to make disclosure of payments compulsory, said patients should be able to find out whether their doctor has ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

Knowledge of pharmaceutical industry and scientists collaborating in research on the effectiveness and side effects of drugs should also be made public.

“There must be an open book. It is in everyone's interest,” said the Klink.

“Transparency gives drug manufacturers an opportunity to demonstrate they are not involved in shady practices."

The laws that the minister is hoping to implement is similar to laws in place in several US states, where pharmaceutical companies are obligated to disclose in detail how much money, presents, or free meals they give to doctors or research scientists.

Radio Netherlands / Georg Schreuder Hes / Expatica

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