Recently, the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority announced in a press release that 5 pharmaceutical companies have breached the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s Code of Practice.
Recently, the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA) announced in a press release that 5 pharmaceutical companies have breached the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s (ABPI) Code of Practice. The code reflects and extends beyond UK law, and is administered by the PMCPA as part of a self-regulatory system that covers prescription medicines.
PMCPA publicly reprimanded Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Europe LTD for allowing 1 of its managers to encourage staff to suggest to customers that they could face legal action if they did not consider lurasidone (Latuda) as part of a patient review. It was ruled that Sunovion was in breach for failing to maintain a high standard of ethical conduct in the field, and for providing verbal direction that advocated a course of action that would lead to a breach of the Code. The public reprimand appears on the front cover of the PMCPA November 2017 Code of Practice Review. Subsequently, the Code of Practice Appeal Board also required Sunovion to be audited.
Additionally, all of the following companies were cited for, among other issues, bringing discredit to and reducing confidence in the pharmaceutical industry:
The full case reports are published in the PMCPA November 2017 Code of Practice Review, and are also available at www.pmcpa.org.uk.