Scottish government rejects “Sunshine Act” legislation on searchable database of industry payments

A lost opportunity to have transparent information on improper financial relationships between industry and healthcare professionals

Abstract

“In February, the Scottish government formally rejected a petition to introduce legislation that would have created a searchable record of all payments to healthcare professionals from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

“Sunshine” legislation has been enacted elsewhere, including in the US, Australia, and Japan, and there are voluntary efforts in the UK, Germany, and Canada.

The decision is a lost opportunity for Scottish citizens to have transparent information on the financial relationships between industry and their doctors and other healthcare professionals.”…

Read Kept in the dark: Scotland rejects “sunshine” legislation, on The BMJ, 29 March 2019.

Read Scotland rejects “sunshine” legislation on searchable database of industry payments, on The BMJ, 29 March 2019.

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