Working with HCPs & HCOs

Bayer is committed to fostering transparency in its financial relations with healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations and believes that it creates trust in the innovative pharmaceutical industry.

 

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Collaborative Research Benefits Patients and Society

The collaboration between the pharmaceutical industry and both healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations has delivered numerous innovative medicines and changed the way many diseases impact our lives. We at Bayer believe this collaboration is key to achieving better outcomes for the patients we strive to help.

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Pharmaceutical Industry – Healthcare Professionals: A Highly Regulated Relationship

When collaborating with medical experts, we comply with existing laws and regulations that clearly outline the interaction between industry and healthcare professionals, e.g. healthcare laws and industry codes. Additionally, these rules are amended by different transparency regulations, such as the Sunshine Act in the US, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Disclosure Code (http://transparency.efpia.eu/ )in Europe, and more locally the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) Disclosure Code (http://www.ipha.ie/alist/publications.aspx?article=f8f9c1e9-344a-468c-b7d2-dc83530513b1). We fully respect the independence and integrity of these professionals.

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What the EFPIA Disclosure Code is About (http://transparency.efpia.eu/)
Implementing the EFPIA Disclosure Code

 

As a member of EFPIA and in line with our company values we fully endorse the EFPIA Disclosure Code. In Ireland, the implementation of this Code is carried out in accordance with the IPHA Disclosure Code. In Ireland, Bayer will disclose payments as well as benefits in kind to healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations on an online platform managed by IPHA.

Industry and healthcare professionals collaborate in a range of activities in preclinical research, clinical development as well as clinical practice.

 

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As the primary point of contact with patients, healthcare professionals offer invaluable and expert knowledge on patient experiences and the management of diseases. This plays a crucial role in optimising our collaborative efforts to improve patient care.

 

Collaboration example 1: Clinical Trials

Patients Need the Right Medicines

Patients can only truly benefit from the huge amount of invaluable medical knowledge that exists worldwide when our internal experts work closely together with external researchers and healthcare professionals. We strongly believe that the joint use of this expertise will help us to gain a better understanding of major diseases and to develop better medicines faster. The treating physician and other healthcare professionals conduct clinical trials at study centres in accordance with the clinical study protocol as approved by health authorities, institutional review boards, and ethics committees. Thus, they are the major link to the participating patients and are responsible for collecting data. Expertise and time offered by healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations in the course of a clinical trial need to be compensated [Link to What the EFPIA Disclosure Code is About/Level of Compensations].

 

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Collaboration Example 2: Supporting Physician’s Education

Patients Need the Best Informed Doctors

Bayer supports the education of healthcare professionals at congresses and trainings. This contributes to ensuring doctors have access to the latest medical research. They are thus able to ensure that any treatment decisions made with their patients are based on the most up to date information available. Scientific events are just one of many resources for physician’s education.

Bayer fully supports greater transparency in the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare professionals and organisations and therefore ensures compliance with the EFPIA Disclosure Code.

 

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40 Leading European Companies in 33 Countries are Committed to the EFPIA Disclosure Code

The EFPIA Disclosure Code (full title: EFPIA Disclosure Code of Transfers of Value from Pharmaceutical Companies to Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Organisations) is a voluntary commitment that requires all EFPIA member companies to disclose transfers of value to healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations. Under this code, all EFPIA member companies, including Bayer, will publish all direct and indirect, monetary and non-monetary transfers of value related to the development and commercialisation of prescription-only human pharmaceuticals. The first disclosures related to payments made in 2015 were made by June 2016. The reporting period is always a full calendar year. Disclosure of transfer of value made in the previous calendar year will be published at the latest by the end of June of the current year. This process will be repeated every year.

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Level of Compensation

Healthcare professionals are compensated for their expertise and the services they provide to the pharmaceutical industry. The level of payments and transfers of value depend on the kind of activitylevel of expertise, and amount of time. The permissible amounts depend on various factors, e.g. local income level, governing laws and existing codes. The core principle is fair market value remuneration for services received to ensure that honoraria are not misused to unduly influence healthcare professionals in their treatment decisions.

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Individual or Aggregated Disclosure?

Transfers of value to healthcare professionals will be reported on an individual or an aggregated basis. As the EFPIA Disclosure Code is an industry self-obligation, data privacy laws in most European countries allow individual disclosure only with explicit consent from the healthcare professional. Should a healthcare professional not grant his/her consent for individual disclosure, then transfers of value to such a healthcare professional will be reported on an aggregated basis. Transfers of value to healthcare organisations will be reported on an individual basis. Transfers of value in the area of ‘Research and Development’ will always be reported on an aggregated level as regulated by the EFPIA Disclosure Code.

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Data Privacy

Bayer fully respects data privacy and data security. We therefore take multiple steps to protect data in compliance with the data privacy policies required and audited by local and global authorities. Furthermore, data are disclosed only if the affected healthcare professional has provided explicit written consent. High data security mechanisms are in place to ensure data are protected against external attacks and manipulation. In addition, access to any personal disclosure related data is restricted internally to employees responsible for data collection or report preparation.

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Full Disclosure

We believe that only complete disclosure provides a fair picture of our relationship to a healthcare professional, and therefore will not disclose any partial data at the individual level.

In accordance with the EFPIA Disclosure Code Bayer discloses transfers of value connected to the development and commercialisation of prescription-only human pharmaceuticals to healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations.

 

The disclosed data include transfers of value in four main categories:

 

Categories

Transfers of value

Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare Organizations

Donations and grants

- Whether monetary or other

Events

1. Registration fees

2. Travel & accommodation

1. Sponsorship

2. Registration fees (if applicable)

3. Travel & accommodation

Services and consultancy

    
1. Fees

2. Related expenses agreed in the contract (including, for

example, travel, accommodation & registration fees)

Research and development

Fees, travel & accommodation, and other related expenses that are covered in connection with the service

 

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Get Access to the Ireland Data > www.transferofvalue.ie

 

Learn More About our Disclosure Methodology

The general rules of the EFPIA Disclosure Code apply to all member companies and all companies will disclose transfers of value made to healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations in a pre-defined format. However, some details of the reporting methodology are left for the individual companies to decide in order to allow the necessary flexibility to adjust to the internal processes. This methodology note allows you to understand how Bayer in Ireland is documenting and disclosing the relevant information.