Contributed By Jones Day
There are no laws or regulations that expressly impose restrictions on interactions between patients or patient organisations and industry.
As for the main self-regulatory codes, the JPMA Code of Practice sets forth the rules concerning collaboration with patient groups. First, when a pharmaceutical company has any relationships or collaboration with patient institutions, the company must respect the independence of the institutions and the company’s activities must meet a high ethical standard. Further, the company must make an effort to promote sufficient mutual understanding with patient groups regarding the purpose and scope of the collaboration.
Second, the fact of the sponsorship itself is required to be disclosed. Further, the purpose and scope of the sponsorship shall be agreed upon between both parties and shall be made in writing and recorded in order to ensure transparency. Finally, the member companies that are collaborating with patient organisations shall establish internal company guidelines based on the 'Guideline on Collaboration with Patient Organisations' issued by the JPMA.
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