"There are ways … drug companies will get into DTC decisions": How Australian drug and therapeutics committees address pharmaceutical industry influence.
Lisa Parker, Alexandra Bennett, Barbara Mintzes, Quinn Grundy, Alice Fabbri, Emily A Karanges, Lisa Bero
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology | Published : 2020
AIMS: One tool for protecting quality use of medicines in hospitals is a drug and therapeutics committee (DTC) that oversees medicines availability. Pharmaceutical industry marketing to prescribers is associated with less appropriate prescribing and increased costs. There is little data on decision-making practices of DTCs so it is unknown whether or how they might be vulnerable to pharmaceutical industry influence. This project explores DTC decision-making with a focus on how pharmaceutical industry influence on access and use of medicines is identified and managed. METHODS: We used a qualitative methodology with individual interviews of 29 participants who were current or recent members of..View full abstract