The Physician Payments Sunshine Act was enacted by Congress in 2010 as part of the healthcare reform law. The Sunshine Act is intended to make relationships between certain pharmaceutical and device manufacturers and healthcare providers more transparent, by requiring applicable manufacturers to report payments and other "transfers of value" provided to physicians and teaching hospitals to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation believes that collaboration between industry and Health Care Professionals (HCPs) and Health Care Organizations (HCOs) benefits patients. It is a relationship that has delivered numerous innovative medicines and changed the way many diseases impact the lives of patients.
We support the Sunshine Act and other initiatives that promote the transparency of these types of interactions and related payments and transfers of value. Bringing greater transparency to this already well-regulated relationship builds understanding of this collaboration and helps all stakeholders better understand the importance of these relationships to quality patient care.
Our work with HCPs and HCOs includes a range of activities from clinical research, to educating physicians and sharing best clinical practice. For example, we engage physicians as clinical trial investigators and work with hospitals to conduct clinical research studies, which are fundamental to the development of innovative medicines and medical devices that treat and prevent illness. Clinical trials are essential to help us understand the effectiveness and safety profiles of new treatments.
We also consult doctors to get their insights and advice on diseases and products to help ensure we’re developing medicines that meet the needs of patients. We facilitate programs where physicians who are experts in their fields meet with their peers to help educate them about the appropriate use of FDA-approved medicines; this helps physicians make informed prescribing decisions with their patients. Our comprehensive compliance program provides the policies, training and tools to help ensure we consistently conduct these activities responsibly and in compliance with legal and regulatory standards.
As an industry we make payments or other ‘transfers of value’ to HCPs and HCOs to appropriately compensate them at fair market value for the time spent working with us. Novartis has a comprehensive program in place to help collect, track and report these payments and transfers of value across all the Novartis Group companies covered by the Act. We believe that disclosing payments and transfers of value related to interactions with physicians and teaching hospitals helps foster trust with patients, healthcare professionals and government officials, and reinforces adherence to high ethical business standards.
We stand by this commitment to transparency and our rigorous data collection efforts. We also recognize what a complex undertaking it is to track and report this volume of data, and we are committed to ongoing collaboration with the CMS, physicians and teaching hospitals to help ensure we report the information requested.
These frequently asked questions provide additional information about Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation compliance with the Sunshine Act and the Open Payments Program.
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