GSK to release doctor payments

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 spokesperson 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 published.

“I will be interested to see the quality of the information they release,” he said.

“It influences the way we doctors behave if we are given money. That information needs to be available to people who need to make judgements about our potential conflicts of interest.”