Media

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The PMCPA publishes certain Sanctions (advertisements, public reprimands and corrective statements) Press Releases, Case Reports and Code of Practice Reviews

In each case where a breach of the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry is ruled, the company concerned must give an undertaking that the practice in question has ceased forthwith and that all possible steps have been taken to avoid a similar breach in the future.  The undertaking must be accompanied by details of the action taken to implement the ruling.  At the conclusion of a case, a detailed case report is also published.
 
Additional sanctions can also be imposed. These include:
  • the carrying out by the PMCPA of an audit of a company’s procedures to comply with the Code. This can also be followed by a requirement that promotional material be submitted to the PMCPA for pre-vetting for a specified period
  • requiring the company to take steps to recover items from those to whom they have been given
  • requiring the company to issue a corrective statement
  • a public reprimand
  • suspension or expulsion from membership of the ABPI.

Where companies are ruled in breach of Clause 2 of the Code, and/or are required to issue a corrective statement and/or are the subject of a public reprimand, the PMCPA advertises brief details of the cases in the medical, nursing and pharmaceutical press, the advertisements are also published on this website. 

Case Reports (access Case Reports here)

When cases are considered under the Code they will first appear on this site as an ongoing case, limited information is provided which includes a brief summary and the status of the case.  At the conclusion of any case, a case report is published summarising the details of the case, these appear as completed cases on this site.  The transparency of cases is vital. Case reports are published for all cases which are within the scope of and considered under the Code, whether they are found to have breached the Code or not.  

As mentioned above, in some cases a company may be required to issue a corrective statement or may be the subject of a public reprimand or advertisements in the medical and pharmaceutical press. 

Code of Practice Review (access Code of Practice Reviews here)

The Code of Practice Review is published quarterly by the PMCPA. It includes the case reports of all cases completed within the previous three months, new advice that has been issued on the Code and an editorial relating to current matters of interest. 

News

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  • Daiichi-Sankyo, GW Pharmaceuticals, Bayer plc, Proveca Ltd, Otsuka UK & Otsuka Europe named in advertisements

    27 July 2019

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  • The MHRA has issued guidance regarding the process for the conversion of centrally approved products (CAPs) to UK marketing authorizations in relation to preparation in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no deal. 

    10 April 2019

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  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd and Shield Therapeutics will be named in advertisements(1) following breaches of the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry. The companies have brought discredit upon, and reduced confidence in, the pharmaceutical industry. In addition Sunovion was publicly reprimanded.

    17 December 2018

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  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals Limited will be named in advertisements(1) following breaches of the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry. The company has brought discredit upon, and reduced confidence in, the pharmaceutical industry. In addition Astellas UK has been publicly reprimanded.

    17 December 2018

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  • Disclosure template for 2018 data submissions

    10 December 2018

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  • Proposals to amend the ABPI Code of Practice 2016 and the PMCPA Constitution and Procedure were agreed by ABPI members on 4 December 2018.

    06 December 2018

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