Navigation Links
New Survey Emphasizes Value of Biopharmaceutical Company Engagement With Healthcare Providers

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly eight out of 10 physicians view pharmaceutical research companies and their sales representatives as useful sources of information on prescription medicines, according to a survey released today by KRC Research.

The telephone survey of more than 500 American Medical Association members found that physicians consider a range of sources useful for staying informed about medicines. In addition to biopharmaceutical representatives and company-sponsored peer education programs, respondents also rated continuing medical education courses, peer-reviewed medical journals, and their fellow physicians as useful sources of information.

The survey also found that physicians consider a broad range of factors in making their prescribing decisions, with almost all respondents relying on their clinical knowledge and experience as well as a patient's response to a particular medicine. More than 80 percent reported that they take into consideration a patient's insurance factors, such as formulary and prior authorization requirements, with just under 70 percent using information provided by biopharmaceutical research company representatives.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America President and CEO John J. Castellani said of the survey findings, "What is clear from the results of the survey is that physicians review and integrate information from many sources in order to stay informed about medicines. This helps them make the most informed treatment decisions possible."

The survey, which was supported by PhRMA, also looked closely at how physician respondents view their interactions with biopharmaceutical company representatives.

For example, more than 90 percent responded that interactions with representatives allow them to learn about new indications for approved medicines, potential side effects of medicines, and both emerging benefits and risks of medicines.

In addition, 84 percent of physicians said that interactions with representatives allow them the opportunity to provide feedback to a pharmaceutical company about their experiences with a specific medicine.

Large majorities also found information from company representatives to be up-to-date and timely (94 percent), useful (92 percent), and reliable (84 percent).

The survey also included several questions about company-sponsored peer education programs, in which physicians present FDA-approved scientific information to their peers on behalf of biopharmaceutical research companies. Nearly nine in 10 of physicians who reported attending these programs said the information was up-to-date, useful and reliable.

According to the survey findings, these programs are particularly important to physicians in rural areas, who may find it difficult to attend professional conferences or continuing medical education courses: 86 percent of physicians in rural areas are likely to attend peer education programs. Overall, 76 percent of responding physicians have attended them.

Physicians attending peer education programs reported gaining a range of information, including: improved clinical knowledge (98 percent), potential side effects of medicines (97 percent), new uses of medicines (97 percent), the range of treatment options (97 percent), and emerging drug risks (95 percent). Importantly, 94 percent said the programs strengthened their ability to care for patients.

"Peer education programs allow physicians to have important dialogues with their expert colleagues. This sharing of information ultimately benefits the patients they treat," said PhRMA's Castellani.

The data from the survey emphasizes the value of interactions between biopharmaceutical company representatives and healthcare providers. This value is reinforced by PhRMA's Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals, which seeks to ensure that biopharmaceutical company engagement with providers is professional, ethical, and educational – and, ultimately, helps to give physicians some of the tools they need to give their patients the best care possible. The Code, which was updated and strengthened in 2009, is available here.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $49.4 billion in 2010 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $67.4 billion in 2010. 

Find PhRMA Online:

For information on how innovative medicines save lives, visit:

For information on the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, visit:

For information on ensuring the flow of medicines during public health emergencies, visit

SOURCE Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. New Nationwide Survey Identifies Need for Increased Dialogue Between Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or Frequent Heartburn Sufferers and Health Care Providers
2. National Nasal Allergy Survey Reveals Unmet Needs Still Exist Among Patients Living With Allergic Rhinitis
3. Survey Sampling International Names Chris DeAngelis to Head New SSI Health
4. Reportlinker Adds Global Physician Survey on Stents, Stent-Grafts and Vulnerable Plaque Treatment 2011
5. Thats Nice LLC Launches Nice Insight Marketing Intelligence for CRAMs With Its Pharma & Biotech Outsourcing Survey
6. Survey Finds Patients Oppose Prescription Mandate for OTC Medicines Containing Pseudoephedrine
7. Sixty Percent of Surveyed Type 2 Diabetes Patients in the U.S. Who Use Insulin Indicate They Would Request a Switch to a Less Expensive Biosimilar Insulin if Such an Agent Became Available
8. On Average, 55 Percent of Surveyed U.S. Asthma Patients Say They Are Likely to Request a Switch to a Drug With Efficacy Comparable to Their Current Medication but Which is Dosed Just Once a Day
9. Reportlinker Adds Healthcare Reform: 2010 Medical Device Industry Perceptions Survey
10. A Majority of Surveyed PCPs and Endocrinologists Indicate that they will Prescribe Contrave, Lorqess and Qnexa if these Therapies are Approved for Obesity
11. Activity Against Key Drug-Resistant Pathogens is the Most Important Attribute Influencing Surveyed Physicians Antibiotic Selection for Nosocomial Pneumonia in the U.S.
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... FRANCISCO , Nov. 24, 2015  Thanks to ... Dignity Health St. Mary,s Medical Center,s Sister Diane Grassilli ... breast imaging capabilities in San Francisco ... an anonymous friend, stepped forward with a gift of ... for Breast Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis and Whole Breast ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Colo. , Nov. 24, 2015  Array ... that its Chief Executive Officer, Ron Squarer ... Healthcare Conference in New York.  The public is ... webcast on the Array BioPharma website.Event:Piper Jaffray Annual ... , Wednesday, December 2, 2015Time:1:30 p.m. Eastern Time ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... HOUSTON, TX and VANCOUVER, Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... EPI; NASDAQ: EPIX ) announced today that the ... clinical study of EPI-506 as a treatment for metastatic ... States and Canada.  --> ... --> In the Phase 1/2 clinical trial, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... “While riding the bus, I ... Bronx, N.Y. “I thought there had to be a convenient and comfortable way to ... The PROTECTOR enables disabled individuals to safely travel during cold or inclement weather. In ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... (PHA) announces the nation’s Periwinkle Pioneers, individuals and groups responsible for advancing care ... disease. The Periwinkle Pioneers, nominated by the public, will receive special recognition throughout ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... philanthropic seniors, is resulting in a way for homeless people to have a ... have launched a new initiative whereby they are repurposing plastic bags into sleeping ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Since its launch in 2012, ... adult stem cell therapies to patients with chronic degenerative medical conditions. Now, the ... Registered Trademark (RTM). , Organizations are required to hold a registered trademark in ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Genesis Chiropractic Software ... software creates an agreement between the practice owner and the patient that automatically ... notification, and projections. Click here to learn more. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):