Our commitment to transparency
GSK, like most other innovative pharmaceutical companies, engages with healthcare professionals (HCPs) who are considered experts in their field. We believe that it is appropriate to compensate healthcare professionals for their time and investment.
Globally, GSK is committed to building transparency in our operations because it enhances trust and value for patients and our healthcare system. Transparent scientific dialogue and engagement with experts is in the interests of all those working to develop new medicines and improve clinical practice and care for patients.
We are pioneers
Unlike many other jurisdictions, there is no requirement in Canada for pharmaceutical companies to disclose payments made to HCPs or Healthcare Organizations (HCOs). However, since 2017, GSK has been among ten leading pharmaceutical companies in Canada that have voluntarily disclosed in aggregate payments to HCPs and payments to HCOs.
As of last year, GSK and ViiV Healthcare have voluntarily expanded reporting to include payments to individual HCPs. Disclosing at the individual HCP level in Canada aligns to both GSK’s global commitment and what is required of the pharmaceutical industry in many other countries, including the US, European countries, Australia and Japan.
The important relationship between industry and HCPs
The relationship between healthcare companies and HCPs is an essential part of patient care, disease understanding, as well as the research and discovery of innovative medicines in Canada. By continuing to be transparent on these relationships, we are evolving with society’s expectations.
In Scope Activities
GSK engages with HCPs and HCOs to foster scientific exchange, which benefits patients. These interactions are governed by law and regulated by Innovative Medicines Canada’s Code of Ethical Practices (PDF - 676 KB).
What are payments or transfers of value (TOV)?
They are payments or contributions made to HCPs or HCOs. HCOs are any private or public sector organization, institution or association that is comprised of HCPs and/or that provides healthcare services, and also includes a clinic or medical practice consisting of one or more HCPs.
What are the collaborations for?
- Grants to HCOs
- Training activities and scientific professional meetings
- R&D activities
- Provision of services such as consulting
What does individual disclosure mean?
For the reporting of 2021 payments, we are disclosing total payments made to individual HCPs. This includes payments made directly to an HCP for services, which include speaker fees, honoraria, consultations, advisory boards, as well as indirect payments, such as reimbursement of travel or accommodation associated with those services and virtual registration fees.
Individual HCP payments include transfers of value where GSK made a payment to an HCP's professional corporation but do not include where an HCP has withdrawn their consent to disclose their information.
Starting next year, an important update will be made to the reporting of TOV for professional corporations. For these, payments in 2022 (and beyond) will be disclosed under the name of the professional corporation.
GSK’s voluntary decision to publish our payments to HCPs and HCOs is part of our commitment to greater transparency and high ethical standards in our business practices. The “Voluntary Framework on Disclosure” was developed by Innovative Medicines Canada.
Aggregate payments (one sum total)
TOV to HCPs
TOV to HCOs
*View a breakdown of individual payments made to HCPs.
2021 GSK in Canada Sales
(Total Payments to HCPs and HCOs represent 0.89% of Sales)
2021 Community Groups Grants and Donations
GSK also provides and publishes funding made to patient groups.
For clarity purposes only, please note the following:
- Applicable taxes may be included or excluded.
- The amounts provided may include certain related incidental expenses (such as, but not limited to, mileage reimbursement for travel).
- HCPs engaged by GSK who appear in the individual payments section have consented to disclosure of their names and payments. Pursuant to Canadian privacy law, consent to the individual disclosure of information may be withdrawn at any time.
- GSK has used its reasonable best efforts to capture the most comprehensive data possible according to its knowledge and interpretation of the Voluntary Framework of Payments to HCPs/HCOs.
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View the 2020 Transparency Report
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View the 2017 Transparency Report (PDF - 378 KB)
View the 2016 Transparency Report (PDF - 327 KB)