FRONT PAGE: Pharma industry urged to wake up

A senior drugs PRO has given a refreshingly honest take on the state of the pharmaceutical industry's reputation.

Procter & Gamble director of external relations Mark Chakravarty last week told an academic conference: ‘There is a high suspicion of the pharma industry. Greed, dishonesty and fraud are some of its associations.'

Chakravarty was responding to a week of bad publicity for the pharma industry, which saw GlaxoSmithKline criticised for allegedly hiding negative trial results concerning its anti-depressant Seroxat.

The publicity has promp­ted healthcare PROs to urge the industry to be more proactive in its communications.

Ash Communications dir­ector Carys Thomas Ampofo said: ‘A strong sustained campaign is required and not one based on reactive responses to [negative] stories.'

Ampofo's call for action was backed by Karen Winterhalter, partner at Onyx Health. She said: ‘The industry has to stop hiding away and starting positively promoting the good work it does.'

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