Drug industry loses bid to block disclosure of doctors' gifts

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:12
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    A court ruling has upheld the validity of a requirement that member companies of Australia's leading lobby group for the drug industry disclose details of hospitality provided at “educational” events for doctors.

    In July 2006 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission approved a revised self regulatory code of conduct developed by Medicines Australia, with the proviso that member companies submit details of hospitality provided and that the data be made publicly available on the group's website (BMJ 2006;333:278, doi: 10.1136/bmj.333.7562.278-b).

    Subsequently, Medicines Australia lodged an appeal with the Australian Competition Tribunal, disputing that the additional requirements would be of public benefit and …

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