CFPC supports Open Pharma

June 14, 2017

(June 13, 2017, Mississauga, ON) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) supports “Open Pharma” - the intention to mandate information about all payments made to physicians by pharmaceutical companies be accessible to the public.

To ensure transparency, greater accountability, and support the trust that patients have in their family doctors, these public disclosures must clearly indicate payments (in cash or in-kind) made to individual physicians. An aggregate number of amounts paid to physicians and health care organizations does not offer transparency. The CFPC supports a system where patients are able to see for themselves if their physician has received any funding or support from a pharmaceutical company.

“The CFPC agrees with a number of our health care colleagues that disclosing payments made by pharmaceutical companies to individual doctors is good for our family physician members, for the health care system, and for the general public,” said CFPC President, David White, MD, CCFP, FCFP.

The College is dedicated to enhancing policies and practices to provide a clear, well-defined and transparent working relationship with the health care pharmaceutical industry.

The CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licencing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

Jayne Johnston,
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
905-629-0900 ext 303
[email protected]

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