How we work with doctors
Our relationships with doctors are central to our clinical trials. Doctors identify potential trial volunteers, administer the potential medicine or vaccine to the patients, and monitor the results. In this way their unique medical insight and knowledge is vital to the development of new treatments.
Doctors have contracts with us and are paid to work on our clinical trials. This payment covers their time, plus the cost of investigations they may need to carry out regarding the suitability of a patient and the effectiveness of the treatment.
We have strict policies governing all our work with doctors. These state that:
- all clinical trial investigators are selected solely on their qualifications to conduct good quality clinical research
- their history of using or not using GSK products must not be taken into account when deciding whether to include them as trial investigators
- no payments are offered or made to influence their judgement on whether to enrol or maintain a patient in a clinical study
- gifts are not permissible to healthcare professionals involved in research projects for GSK
- all payments to doctors must be governed by contracts
- any payment must reflect fair market value for the work performed and the services provided
We also have a commitment to make public the research payments that are made to healthcare professionals and to their institutions.