Transparency the key to integrity: Greens

Greens health spokesman Dr Richard Di Natale said it was “not a trivial issue” after recent reports said pharmaceutical companies spent $40 million in six months educating Australian doctors, often at lavish resorts.

And, he said Medicines Australia must consider the recent move by GlaxoSmithKline Australia (GSK) to reveal how much it spent on Australian healthcare professionals and organisations in sponsorships, grants and fees for speaking and consulting.

Dr Di Natale, a former GP, said the information drug companies gave doctors was often “selective” and “secret payments… risk the integrity of the healthcare system and undermine the crucial relationship of trust between doctor and patient”.

“The integrity of the doctor-patient relationship should be beyond reproach and transparency is a crucial foundation of that,” he said. 

“All pharmaceutical companies should be