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Legal and Ethical Issues concerning the Fair Competition Code on Pharmaceutical Trade

Hyoung Wook Park 1

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ABSTRACT

In 2007 the Korean Research-based Pharmaceutical Industry Association (KRPIA) developed a Fair Competition Code on Pharmaceutical Trade, and in 2010 the Korean Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (KPMA) revised its Code of Fair Competition. Prior to 2007, the KRPIA and KPMA made voluntary agreements on pharmaceutical trade. This article examines the three codes in terms of the limits they set on various forms of gift-giving, donations, the funding of academic conferences inside and outside of Korea, the provision of drugs for clinical studies, market surveys, and post-market surveillance studies. The results of this examination show that the KPMA 2010 Code reflects a moral bias against donations to healthcare organizations and grants an exclusive power to the KPMA regarding sponsorships to participate in academic conferences.

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