Speaker Programs

Glaxo onboards promotional doctors

The drugmaker revealed part 2 of its plan not to pay doctors to speak on GSK's behalf: it will make them employees.

Industry mutes doctors

ProPublica says drugmakers have slashed speakers' budgets.

GSK axes speaker fees

The company will still fund clinical research.

Good day, Sunshine: Tools help docs track payments

Good day, Sunshine: Tools help docs track payments

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With a new era of transparency for doctors and life science manufacturers kicking off today, here's how some organizations are keeping physicians informed.

Industry pushing for further clarity on Sunshine Act

Industry pushing for further clarity on Sunshine Act

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With a clear buffet exemption in-hand, the agency's position with respect to CME meals seems pretty clear. Industry is pushing for more clarity around the treatment of accrediting bodies.

Navidea deploying MSLs in launch of new diagnostic agent

Navidea deploying MSLs in launch of new diagnostic agent

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Medical science liaisons will educate nuclear-medicine clinicians as part of the launch of a new Navidea diagnostic agent for use in breast and skin cancer.

Breakup, Xeljanz plans dominate Pfizer earnings call

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Sales slipped 9% during the quarter, compared to the same period last year, but analysts zeroed in on if and when the company will split and how arthritis pill Xeljanz will tackle Europe.

Novartis sued for alleged speaker-program abuse

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The Swiss drug maker is defending itself against two civil fraud lawsuits filed within a week of each other.

Business briefs: Reps mum on adverse events; FCC's new mHealth director; med schools tighten speaking limits

A study finds sales reps find time to talk benefits, but not risks, even when touting black-box drugs; FCC has named its new mHealth director; pharma scaled back its food budgets last year; and AMSA says 18 med schools now ban faculty from speakers bureau participation

ProPublica's Charles Ornstein on life beyond Sunshine

ProPublica's Charles Ornstein on life beyond Sunshine

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What will become of Dollars for Docs after the Sunshine provisions go into effect? We asked Charles Ornstein, who told us what's next for the project.

CMS releases "Sunshine" final rule: federal preemption, August start date

CMS releases "Sunshine" final rule: federal preemption, August start date

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CMS issued its long-delayed final rule for collecting data on industry payments to physicians, ordering data collection to begin in August and asserting that the federal law preempts state laws.

For Bay State, "modest meals" are in the eye of the beholder

For Bay State, "modest meals" are in the eye of the beholder

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As the Massachusetts Department of Public Health deliberates the exact shape of a rule change allowing industry-sponsored meals for physicians in speaker programs, pharma foes and industry advocates are squaring off over the definition of "modest meals and refreshments."

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