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Supply of emollients for patients to try

01/04/2015
 

From time to time dermatologists ask pharmaceutical companies to provide their hospital departments with packs of emollients so that patients can try out different products to find out which suits them best.

Companies often decline such requests because of Clause 17​ the limitations on the supply of samples which are set out in .

In the Authority’s opinion, the supply of emollients in this way does not constitute the supply of samples because a sample is a small supply of a medicine to a health professional so that they can familiarise themselves with it and acquire experience in dealing with it.

That is not the purpose for which dermatologists require packs of emollients and thus they are not samples. They can be provided as free goods if a company so wishes.