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Danish Doctors are not allowed to accept gifts from the pharmaceutical industry

Monday, 27 June 2011
A new ethical code of conduct for Danish Doctors forbids physicians to receive any gifts from consultants from the pharmaceutical industry.
The code designed by the Danish Medical Association is aimed at keeping Danish doctors independent from the pharmaceutical industry.

“Today it is permissible for physicians to receive small items like pens, calendars and so on, but we want to stop it,” says Yves Sales, President of the Danish Association's Pharmaceutical Committee in a statement.

“The message should not be misunderstood, so it says: Zero gifts - though not inexpensive,” he says.


The new ethics code also defines a series of ground rules for visits from pharmaceutical representatives. The visits will include mutually agreed in advance, and it must be agreed in advance, what to discuss.

For the Medical Association, the new rules will be good to make it that the representatives from the pharmaceutical industry would not voluntarily recommend that drugs used to treat disorders, are not approved.

“Many physicians feel that the sales representative recommend drug used for other diseases on their own without approval from authorities. It is not allowed, and we'd love to avoid that” says Yves Sales.
The code is intended only for doctors, says the association.

“We believe it is very natural to start with ourselves. But the Medical Association would urge the Pharmaceutical Industry to endorse the new Code,” he says.
The new code will finally be passed by the Medical Association's board in August.
By Scancomarkse Team

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