Pharma companies make it easier to track their spending on doctors

A centralised database is due to go live on Friday
Elizabeth de Somer
Medicines Australia’s CEO Elizabeth de Somer.

The names of doctors receiving drug company payments will be listed on a single website for the first time in the push to improve transparency over the links between pharma and the medical profession.

Since 2015, payments made to health professionals ⁠— including speaker and consultant fees, as well as the cost of airfares and accommodation ⁠— have been published every six months by 33 pharmaceutical companies who make up Medicines Australia.