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Pharmaceutical industry invests £340.3m on working in partnership with leading UK health experts and organisations to improve patient care

01 Jul 16

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has today published for the first time details of payments or benefits in kind - made to doctors, nurses and pharmacists, as well as other health professionals and healthcare organisations in the UK on a publicly accessible database - Disclosure UK (

This new databsase, available to download on the ABPI website (, shows payments from 109 pharmaceutical companies in the UK (54 ABPI member companies and 55 non-member companies).

The data shows that in 2015, industry spent a total of £340.3m on working with health professionals and organisations, of which £229.3m (67%) is for activities related to the research and development of new medicines.

Mike Thompson, Chief Executive for the ABPI, said: “This is a milestone moment for transparency in our industry and for the vital partnerships we have with health professionals and organisations across the UK. These partnerships matter and help our industry bring the right medicine to the right patient at the right time so we can improve quality of life and, in many cases, save lives. Getting advice from doctors, nurses and health professionals across the NHS helps us do this – we can’t do it alone. We believe it’s right we pay for that expertise and insight, as this is work which health professionals undertake often in addition to their day job in the NHS.

“We’re committed to transparency – we believe it’s right that the public has the opportunity to see some of the detail behind how we work with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and organisations to ensure life-enhancing medicines are developed for the patients who need them. Today, is an important step in sharing as much as of that information as we can.”

The publication of these data are now an annual requirement of the ABPI’s Code of Practice for the UK Pharmaceutical Industry and it is also part of a Europe-wide transparency initiative that has seen 33 countries make public these payments and benefits in kind this year.

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