Drug company reveals extent of payments to doctors

GLAXOSMITHKLINE’S decision to reveal how much it has paid to Australian healthcare professionals for speaking and consulting services during the past 12 months has set the bar for other companies, according to Healthy Skepticism spokesman Dr Jon Jureidini.

The company has announced it will make its payments public by July and update the figures regularly in an effort to make its operations more transparent.

Dr Jureidini said he welcomed greater transparency in payments from pharmaceutical companies to health professionals but would reserve judgement on the effectiveness of the initiative until the details were