Physician-Pharmaceutical Company RelationshipsPublished on 21 June 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Jane Cordy
Hon. Jane Cordy:
My question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I saw in the media yesterday that an audit has shown that doctors in Canada are receiving millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies. In the United States there’s a sunshine law, so it’s revealed openly what doctors are being given by big pharma.
It’s my belief that patients should be aware of whether or not their doctor has received a golf trip or is being paid by a pharmaceutical company or is being taken out to dinners at very expensive restaurants so that they can make reasonable decisions when a doctor prescribes a medication to them. They can say, “Well, yes, I know he’s being paid thousands of dollars by this company and I can do the research on my own.”
I wonder if the government is considering a policy or indeed legislation similar to the sunshine law so that doctors and patients in Canada can make more informed decisions based on whether or not they’re getting income, money or gifts from big pharma.