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GSK Limits Medical Education Funding to Independent Programs With Highest Impact on Patient Care
Date:9/21/2009

licy which takes effect immediately.

Funding levels for each grant will depend on the quality, scope and complexity in closing the clinical gap identified by the provider. All proposals must have an objective, well documented assessment of the need for such a program, clear learning objectives and plans to assess the impact of the educational program on healthcare professional competence, performance, and improved patient health.

"We want to enhance the quality of these programs," Connelly said. "This is one more step in our efforts to be more transparent in the way we operate our business and interact with healthcare providers."

All approved grants will continue to be posted on the company's website, www.us-gsk.com. Since February 2009, GSK has posted quarterly reports of its educational and charitable grants to US health-related organizations including hospitals, teaching institutions, managed care organizations, professional associations, and patient advocacy groups.

Other recent initiatives by GSK to increase public access to information about company decisions, funding and research include:

  • Reporting fees paid to US healthcare professionals for speaker and advisory services on the company's website. GSK pays healthcare professionals for their time and services when they speak at GSK-sponsored meetings and when they provide consultancy services such as serving on an advisory board. The first report of fees paid from April 2009 will be published in the fourth quarter of 2009.
  • Publicly disclosing research payments to healthcare professionals and institutions. This will start in 2010 with payments to US healthcare professionals and institutions for conduct of clinical trials. Thereafter it will be extended to payments for other types of resear
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