Drugs: Regulation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has his Department made of the effectiveness of regulations on (a) donations from and (b) lobbying by pharmaceutical companies.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The offer of gifts and benefits to healthcare professionals are strictly regulated under regulation 300 of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012. This provides that, where medicines are being promoted to healthcare professionals who prescribe or supply medicines, no gift, pecuniary advantage or benefit may be offered or supplied unless it is inexpensive and relevant to the practice of medicine or pharmacy. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency or the industry self-regulatory body would investigate any complaint about inappropriate payments made by pharmaceutical companies under this regulation.

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