Codes & Guidelines

PhRMA represents the nation’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies. Our success in developing and delivering medicines to help patients live longer and healthier lives depends on ethical relationships and behavior. Browse key Codes and Guidelines below, and visit our Resource Library for more.

Responsible Sharing of Information About Medicines

In the era of data-driven medicine, where all parties seek more, not less, information about the safety, effectiveness, and value of treatments, fostering informed communications among all stakeholders is critical.

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For a Healthier U.S.: Methods to Fight Prescription Abuse

We need a balanced approach that ensures appropriate access and use of prescription medicines by patients for legitimate medical needs under the direction and care of a licensed health care professional, but that also reduces the potential for misuse, abuse and diversion.

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PhRMA Principles on Interactions with Patient Orgs

Biopharmaceutical companies share many common interests with patient organizations including a common commitment to patients and shared mission to discover cures and fight disease.

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Code on Interactions With Health Care Professionals

Ethical relationships with healthcare professionals are critical to our mission of helping patients by developing and marketing new medicines.

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PhRMA Principles for Clinical Trial Data Sharing

The biopharmaceutical industry is firmly committed to enhancing public health through responsible reporting and publication of clinical research and safety information.

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PhRMA Principles on Conduct of Clinical Trials

Developing new therapies to treat disease and to improve quality of life is a long and complex process. A critical part of that process is clinical research, the study of a pharmaceutical product in humans.

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PhRMA Guiding Principles for Direct to Consumer Ads on Medicines

Accurate information about disease and treatment options makes patients and doctors better partners. Getting that information to patients and consumers is the goal of DTC pharmaceutical advertising about prescription medicines.

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Mexico City Principles For Codes of Business Ethics

PhRMA supports the APEC Mexico City Principles for Voluntary Codes of Business Ethics in the Biopharmaceutical Sector.

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Health Outcomes Research

PhRMA supports the development of high quality information about patients’ medical treatment options. Empowering patients and physicians with information will help ensure that our health system efficiently delivers the best possible results for all.

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Direct to Consumer Advertising Principles – Annual Certifications

In December 2008, the PhRMA Board of Directors unanimously adopted measures to enhance the PhRMA Guiding Principles on Direct to Consumer Advertisements about Prescription Medicines.

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PhRMA Principles for Payment and Delivery System Reforms

Emerging payment and delivery reforms (often called “alternative payment models” or “value-based payment” designs) hold promise in advancing the efficient delivery of high-quality, personalized care.

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Conduct of Clinical Trials

View the Principles on Conduct of Clinical Trials and Communication of Clinical Trial Results.

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PhRMA Principles for Clinical Trial Data Sharing

Biopharmaceutical companies are committed to enhancing public health through responsible sharing of clinical trial data.

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PhRMA Principles on Interactions with Patient Orgs 2012

Interactions Between Biopharmaceutical Companies and Patient Organizations Advance Biomedical Research

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PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals - Certifications

PhRMA identifies all companies that have announced their commitment to abide by the Code and completed an annual certification.

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PhRMA Principles on Clinical Pathway Programs

Health care providers and payers are increasingly turning to clinical pathways as tools to manage the cost of care and promote evidence-based treatment.

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Principles for Value Assessment Frameworks

PhRMA supports the use of sound evidence for informed decision-making in health care.

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PhRMA Guiding Principles Direct to Consumer Advertisements About Prescription Medicines: Signatory Companies

PhRMA Board of Directors unanimously adopted measures to enhance the PhRMA Guiding Principles on Direct to Consumer Advertising about Prescription Medicines.

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