"Lilly is proud of the longstanding relationships we have with physicians," said Jack Harris, M.D., Lilly's vice president, U.S. Medical Division. "Physicians perform valuable services for the biopharmaceutical industry, such as enrolling and caring for patients in clinical trials. They also give lectures to other medical professionals to educate them about new treatment options. For these services they are compensated at market rates. Moreover, these services help to advance the science related to medicines and are important to both current and future patients who rely on pharmaceuticals as part of their therapy."
Support for the Grassley-Kohl bill is the newest addition to what Lilly terms its "transparency agenda." In 2004, Lilly became the first company to voluntarily make public its clinical trials and its clinical trials data; that information can be found at http://www.lillytrials.com. And last year Lilly added another first by publicly reporting all of its educational grants and charitable contributions and, each quarter, posting the data online at http://www.lillygrantoffice.com.
As a leader on this issue, Senator Grassley has recognized Lilly's efforts. In February 2008, Sen. Grassley sent 15 companies a letter about transparency and called out Lilly's leadership. That letter read in part: "I'm asking other pharmaceutical organizations to follow Lilly's lead and show the public there's nothing to hide."
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