Pharma hospitality crackdown stalls

Moves by the Greens to clamp down on the pharmaceutical industry's ‘wining and dining' of doctors have little chance of succeeding in the short term, a key campaigner says.

The current system of self-regulation by the drug industry looks likely to remain until at least 2016, according to Dr Ken Harvey, who has been pushing for a move to US-style ‘Sunshine Act' transparency laws.

Speaking after a Senate hearing last week on the Green-sponsored Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Pharmaceutical Transparency) Bill, which seeks to expose industry payments to doctors, Dr