In July, a coalition of public health and consumer groups called on the largest pharmaceutical companies and the leading industry trade associations to adopt a policy of disclosing all of their charitable and educational contributions, on a global basis. To view the letter, click here.
Most of the companies responded to this request, or to a follow-up note. The responses were not uniform, and several companies indicated that they are or will expand their disclosures, or examine the issue. To view their responses, click here.
Essential Action replied to the industry and trade association responses, addressing objections raised by the companies, and reiterating the arguments for disclosure.