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Pines Floats Six Ideas about FDA for Trump Administration Consideration

Dec. 6, 2016 – When the dust settles post-inauguration, the Trump administration likely will be considering how it might want ... read more

Sunshine Clarifications Stripped from 21st Century Cures Act

Special Report and Commentary from Jack Angel, Coalition for Healthcare Communication Education Foundation Executive Director Nov. 30, 2016 – As ... read more

Kamp: Coalition Will Continue to Fight for Free Flow of Information

Nov. 28, 2016 – Although President-elect Donald Trump was not who the Coalition for Healthcare Communication was preparing for in ... read more

Coalition Meeting: Moving Forward in Washington, D.C.

Nov 18, 2016 – Although many in the medical marketing industry were bracing for a post-election drug pricing battle with ... read more

Kamp: Moving forward after the election

Nov. 11, 2016 – Post-election report from Coalition for Healthcare Communication Executive Director John Kamp: The pollsters and pundits sure ... read more

Speakers at FDA Off-label Hearing Call for Action that Protects Free Speech

Nov. 10, 2016 – As FDA Commissioner Robert Califf described the issues surrounding the communication of off-label uses as “numerous ... read more

Report from the Coalition Executive Director

Nov. 8, 2016 – When the votes are counted, expect many discussions on what will happen next. One thing is ... read more

Kamp to Urge FDA to Provide Clear Guidance on Off-label Communication at November Hearing

Oct. 31, 2016 – In testimony at the upcoming off-label hearing at the FDA, Coalition for Healthcare Communication Executive Director ... read more

Jenkins to Speak at CHC’s D.C. Meeting

Oct. 27, 2016 — Pam Jenkins, president of Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick, will be the keynote speaker at the Nov. 16 ... read more

Coalition Commentary: How Information Flows … or Doesn’t

Commentary from Jack Angel, Coalition for Healthcare Communication Education Foundation Executive Director Oct. 25, 2016 – The Coalition for Healthcare ... read more

Kamp: Pharma Needs to Step up to Stem Opioid Abuse

Oct. 17, 2016 – In a recent guest commentary in PM360, Coalition for Healthcare Communication Executive Director John Kamp praised ... read more

CMS Clarifies Sunshine Act CME Exclusion

Oct. 6, 2016 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified in a revised FAQ that manufacturers ... read more

OPDP’s Abrams: Enforcement Still a Priority, Despite Decrease in Letters

Oct. 3, 2016 – Although the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) has issued just four enforcement letters in ... read more

OPDP’s Second Enforcement Letter in Two Weeks Targets Investigational Drug

Sept. 15, 2016 – Although the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) has only issued four enforcement letters this ... read more

OPDP Sends Enforcement Letter for Promotion of Investigational Drug

Sept. 8, 2016 — The FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) takes issue with a conference panel for an ... read more

FDA to Hold Post-election Hearing on Off-label Communication

Sept. 1, 2016 – In the wake of the agency’s recent settlement with Amarin and other rulings that support the ... read more

FDA May Still Issue Four Advertising Guidances in 2016

Aug. 11, 2016 — The FDA announced Aug. 10 that it plans to issue four, much-awaited advertising-related guidance documents before ... read more

Study Shows ACA Increases Use of Rx Drugs, Decreases Out-of-pocket Spending

Aug. 19, 2016 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in increases in the use of prescription drugs and ... read more

Gender and Healthcare Communications

By Nick Colucci, Publicis Health CEO July 21, 2016 — I was moved by a recent op-ed in The New ... read more

Medical Associations Support Bill Exempting Journals and Textbooks from Sunshine Reporting

July 15, 2016 – More than 100 medical associations, including the American Medical Association, signed a letter of support for ... read more

Pfizer Gets in Front of Opioid Marketing Issue

July 8, 2016 – As organized medicine, politicians and the public seek to reverse the scourge of opioid addiction, Pfizer ... read more

CEOs to Coalition’s Rising Leaders: Engage in Political Process, Keep Learning

June 17, 2016 – In order to stay ahead of change, further their careers and forward the positive message of ... read more

Davidson Sums Up Past and Current State of DTC Ad Restrictions, Ad Tax Deduction

June 7, 2016 – The Advertising Coalition (TAC) Executive Director Jim Davidson gave industry’s next generation a comprehensive overview of ... read more

Congressman Jenkins to Coalition’s Rising Leaders: You Have the Power to Influence Lawmakers

May 24, 2016 – At a recent Coalition for Healthcare Communication Rising Leaders Conference, keynote speaker Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W. ... read more

NYTimes: Ban on Drug Ads Would Also Eliminate Ad Benefits

March 14, 2016 — The American Medical Association (AMA) as well as Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Al Franken ... read more

CHC and CCC Launching Regulatory Compliance University for Agencies, Publishers

Aug. 19, 2015 – The Coalition for Healthcare Communication (CHC) is partnering with the Center for Communication Compliance (CCC) to ... read more

Author of “Pharmaphobia” Says Conflict-of-interest Regulations Are Slowing Medical Progress

June 8, 2015 – In his new book, “Pharmaphobia: How the Conflict of Interest Myth Undermines American Medical Innovation,” Tom ... read more

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ProPublica Reporters Urged to Provide Context and Meaning to Payment Disclosures

Sept. 8, 2011 – As ProPublica and its media partners roll out their reports today on industry payments to physicians, doctor and industry groups are urging reporters to include significant contextual information on the nature of these relationships, and note that they provide significant value to both professionals and patients.

Reporters are urged to contact representatives from the Coalition for Healthcare Communication (CHC), the Association for Clinical Researchers and Educators (ACRE), and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Below is a link to the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators (ACRE) press release. There are several ACRE physicians listed in the press release who are interested in speaking with the media .

Here is a copy of PhRMA”s press release with links to additional resources.

Reporters can contact John Kamp this week in the NYC office (212-850-0708) and on his Blackberry (703-801-4582;

John Kamp, Executive Director Coalition for Healthcare Communication, 405 Lexington Ave, 18th Floor New York, New York 10174; ;  NY: 212 850 0708; M: 703 801 4582;; Twitter: RxVoice  

PhRMA Statement on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals

Washington, D.C. (September 6, 2011) — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Executive Vice President and General Counsel Diane Bieri today issued the following statement on interactions with healthcare professionals:

“Interactions between biopharmaceutical research companies and healthcare professionals play a critical role in improving patient care and fostering appropriate use of medicines, and peer education programs – in which expert physicians meet with their fellow healthcare providers on behalf of biopharmaceutical research companies – represent one important element in these interactions.

[Check out the “Company Interactions with Healthcare Professionals Contribute To Patient Care” page.]

“Through these programs, physician speakers are able to help their peers stay up-to-date with clinical data about new FDA-approved medicines, new uses of medicines, emerging risks and side effects, and more.

“This latest information is essential for physicians, who have to juggle the demands of clinical practice with the need to stay current. That’s why they value representatives of biopharmaceutical companies, who can provide important data during one of the few free moments of a physician’s busy day: lunch. Though a physician’s schedule is often full of back-to-back appointments with patients, they and their staff find this time to learn the information they need to provide the best care.

“It is true that some critics suggest that interactions between companies and physicians are inappropriate, but they disregard the important steps that companies take to ensure the quality of these informational relationships. Biopharmaceutical research companies comply with internal policies, FDA regulations, and the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals in order to ensure that their relationships with physicians are ethical and informative.

“We also support transparency in these relationships, including the Physician Payment Sunshine provisions of the Affordable Care Act. We understand that patients may want to know if their physicians take part in peer speaker programs and other activities, such as research, that are sponsored by biopharmaceutical research companies.

“Unfortunately, when taken

out of context, publicly available information about physician interactions with biopharmaceutical companies does not convey the value of these relationships, which advance science and promote high-quality patient care.

“For example, according to a recent survey of physicians by KRC Research, nine out of 10 attendees of peer education programs said they found information they received at the programs to be up-to-date, useful and reliable. And more than half of attendees said they often gain knowledge or skills helpful to their practice.

“Ultimately, physicians make treatment decisions on a case-by-case basis, in the best interest of each patient. The information provided in peer speaker programs is just one tool that they can use in making those decisions. And in fact, according to KRC Research, physicians use a variety of factors in making prescribing decisions, including clinical practice guidelines; a patient’s financial status and insurance coverage, including formularies and prior authorization; information from biopharmaceutical companies; and of course, the patient’s particular situation, including drug interactions and side effects. This is evidenced by the high generic substitution rate in America, where nearly 80 percent of prescriptions are filled with a generic drug.

“As we move toward Sunshine Act implementation, we will continue to see increased transparency. We hope that the information provided is viewed within the context of value for the patient, and we hope that our ongoing experiences with transparency will help to encourage the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to move forward in providing regulations on implementation of this important provision.”

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