2013 was a year of unprecedented scrutiny of financial relationships between manufacturers and health care professionals, such as physicians. Both the United States and France imposed sweeping new reporting and disclosure requirements in an effort to provide transparency and, theoretically, to enable the public – including patients – to make informed treatment decisions and assess possible conflicts of interest. Both sets of requirements carry potentially large financial penalties for failure to report and for incorrect reporting. For manufacturers operating globally, compliance with these provisions will be an ongoing challenge.
At the same time, a review of the highlights of the two Sunshine Acts demonstrates that transparency is not necessarily the same on one side of the Atlantic as the other.
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