The newly revised PhRMA Code
The New PhRMA Marketing Code Took effect January
Revisions to the PhRMA Code on Interactions with
Healthcare Professionals Easy to use comparison
chart detailing the difference between the old PhRMA
Code (2002) and the revised PhRMA Code (2008)
Key Points of the new code are:
- A complete ban on free meals to doctors and their staff when the meal has no educational value. This includes all meals that are at restaurants. Meals are only allowed at healthcare professional offices and the pharma company rep must be present.
- A complete ban on taking doctors or their staff to entertainment and events, including sporting events and golf games.
- A complete ban on noneducational gifts, such as pens and coffee mugs and other "reminder" objects
typically featuring a pharma company logo to doctors and staff.
- Pharma companies may, however, continue hiring doctors as speakers or "consultants."
- "It is appropriate for occasional meals to be offered as a business courtesy to the healthcare professionals as well as members of their staff attending presentations," the rules say.
The following companies have signed on as PhRMA code
companies and intend to abide by the code:
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Astellas US LLC
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Hoffman-La Roche Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Eli Lilly and Company
Merck & Co., Inc.
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Otsuka America, Inc.
Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Purdue Pharma L.P.
Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Solstice Neurosciences, Inc.
Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.