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abpi-logoAugust 12 2015

The database detailing payments to health professionals made by the pharmaceutical industry is expected to be live by the end of June 2016.

Individual healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations will be identified on a publicly accessible database, which the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry is developing, having appointed IMS Health and C&C Group as IT solutions providers.

“When launched by June 30 2016 the platform will report payments made to individual, named healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations as part of a Europe-wide programme to ensure greater transparency of relationships between industry and healthcare professionals,” says the ABPI.

The requirement for disclosure is set out in the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, and has been adopted across 33 European countries.

From 30 June, 2016, “transfers of value to individual named healthcare professionals made during 2015 will cover four categories:

  • Meetings and events – registration fees
  • Meeting and events – travel and accommodation
  • Consultancy and services – fees
  • Consultancy and services – expenses.”

Mark Smyth, ABPI’s IT Business Systems Manager, said: “Transparency is high on the agenda for the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Delivering the single platform for pharmaceutical companies here in the UK is one of the ABPI’s major priorities for 2015-16 and we are pleased to be working with two well-established businesses with their roots firmly in the industry in order to deliver this important project.”

The platform will use IMS Health’s OneKey CRM database and Aggregate Spend 360 software alongside a bespoke portal developed by C&C Group.

Tim Sheppard, UK General Manager, IMS Health commented. “The powerful combination of our data assets and technology service offerings will help provide greater insight into the valuable role that the pharmaceutical industry plays in supporting healthcare professionals in their efforts to improve patient outcomes.”

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