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Medical Council Issues Supplementary Guidance on Relationships between Doctors and Industry

The Medical Council today (11th October, 2012) published guidance clarifying its position on the relationships between doctors and industry.  The guidance provides a list of frequently asked questions clarifying the Council’s ethical guidance on doctors’ interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, provided in its Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics

The document has been developed in consultation with doctors, patient representatives and relevant regulatory bodies.  It will be issued to all doctors registered to practise medicine in Ireland and also provides a resource for patients in clarifying the standards they can expect from their doctor. 

Speaking today, President of the Medical Council, Professor Kieran Murphy said:

“It is important for doctors to keep up-to-date on new product developments, but interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies must not affect their ability to provide treatment to patients that is both impartial and based on the best available evidence.” 

“The public need to be confident that their doctor’s professional opinion is not influenced by marketing or promotional activities. This supplementary guidance provides clarification for both the medical profession and patients on the standards expected of doctors in their dealings with the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.” 

Ends.

Relationships between Doctors and Industry: Frequently asked questions, is available at: http://www.medicalcouncil.ie/News-and-Publications/Publications/Professional-Conduct-Ethics/

For further information contact:
Lorna Farren
Medical Council Communications Manager
Phone: 01 498 3173/ 087 913 0288
Email: lfarren@mcirl.ie