Industry interactions with the medical profession have a profound and positive influence patient treatment and on the value of research. As primary providers of healthcare services, both healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations, offer us unique, independent insights and expert knowledge on patients' behavior and management of diseases. The capacity of gaining access to this expertise, plays a critical role in informing and guiding industry efforts to improve the quality of patient care and treatment options. And this is why, both healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations, should be fairly compensated for their contributions, as well as for the services they provide to the industry.
Industry interactions with healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations, should not only be conducted with integrity, but should also be transparent. And this is why Grifols Group fully supports, and has voluntarily adopted, the practices reflected in the new EFPIA Disclosure Code, and will continue to support any other country codes which promulgate transparency reporting.
To the above extent, Grifols Deutschland, as member of the AKG e.V. (Arzneimittel und Kooperation im Gesundheitswesen e.V.) is fully supportive of a transparent documentation of all collaborations with healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations, and has adopted the transparency guideline contained in the AKG Code of Conduct. Based on this guideline, Grifols Deutschland publishes, within a publicly available list, all its interactions with German-based healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations.
Per instructions from AKG e.V., these interactions have been split into 4 categories: (a) Research and Development; (b) Donations; (c) Sponsoring of Educational Events; and (d) Honoraria for Services. Interactions within the category "Research and Development" will be published in an aggregate format. In the other categories, interactions will be published in an individual format, in so far as permitted under German legal requirements on personal data protection.