GSK stops direct payments to doctors, hires full-time experts


IN an Australian first, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will stop direct payments to doctors and instead employ full-time experts to speak on its behalf.

The change, from January 1, is billed as a bid to increase openness and put GSK at “arm’s length” on medical education.

It comes amid stricter rules on pharmaceutical company accountability.

Medicines Australia upgraded its reporting rules in October to require companies to report all payments and benefits to