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Male Otsuka UK Marketing Executive's Behavior Worse Than Bill Cosby's

Male Otsuka UK Marketing Executive's Behavior Worse Than Bill Cosby's | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

According to the UK's Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA), which oversees the self-regulatory code of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), "An anonymous, non-contactable complainant alleged that a male employee of Otsuka Pharmaceuticals (UK) behaved inappropriately and provided inappropriate hospitality following a dinner at a meeting partly funded by the pharmaceutical industry.

"The complainant stated that he/she went from the private function area at a hotel where dinner had been held to the public hotel bar and noticed three Otsuka employees. Descriptions were provided. A female health professional, who the complainant remembered as being very drunk at the dinner, subsequently entered the bar and started talking to the Otsuka employees. Although she was obviously intoxicated a male Otsuka employee continued to ply her with drinks; his two female colleagues seemed unhappy with this" (see "AUTH/2752/3/15 - Anonymous v Otsuka").

Otsuka did not deny that the senior employee spoke to a woman in the public bar nor that "she was flirtatious and tactile." [You gotta love the pharma industry! It has no problems talking about erections on TV, but sexual encounters in real life must be described in clinical terms such as "tactile."]

The document goes on to describe in some detail what happened that night, which sounds like something straight out of a True Romance comic.


You won't believe what happened next. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1TBmAe8 

Pharma Guy's insight:


It turns out that the Otsuka women managers bought the woman 3 drinks at he behest of their male boss: two glasses of wine and one glass of water. A glass of water? Whaaa? Actually, these women were pissed at the guy's behavior and at least one of them -- probably the one who bought the glass of water -- lodged the complaint with the PMCPA.

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Galderma and PMCPA Tangle in a Toxic Tussle

Galderma and PMCPA Tangle in a Toxic Tussle | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

Following a spat over a complaint, a U.K. industry group that enforces a voluntary marketing code has removed a drug from the list of companies that agreed to its oversight.


The unusual development comes after the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority publicly reprimanded Galderma, a specialty drug maker that sells dermatologic products, for breaching the code and refusing to submit to an audit of its practices. The PMCPA administers the code for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.


The complaint that set this in motion was filed by an anonymous registered nurse, who objected to arrangements for an educational meeting that was sponsored by the drug maker. The nurse was “disgusted” that, while there was no charge to attend the session, attendees were required to prove they first purchased two boxes of Galderma dermal fillers from a pharmacy, according to PMCPA.

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