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Roche Leaves Another Regulatory Body

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Roche has said in a press statement that it has, “decided not to rejoin the ABPI for the time being” (Roche move throws industry into doubt, FT). The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (APBI) is the UK’s pharmaceutical trade body through which pharma self regulates its commercial activities and maintains ethical standards of promotion.

This is not the first time that Roche has left a local trade body: it left PhAMA in Malaysia some years ago too.

Pharma is allowed to self regulate in many countries, with government bodies taking a back seat. As the FT notes, in the UK, “the government’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Products Agency can prosecute drug companies, but until now has left most disciplinary action to the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority, which is run by the ABPI”.

If large companies leave our trade bodies then we have a problem. If we do not want to regulate ourselves, then someone else will have to step in to do the job for us. While this may be no bad thing for our ethical standards, the current some-in-some-out practice is not credible.

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Written by Pillhead

June 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

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