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File #: 180888-A    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: FAILED
File created: 10/11/2018 In control: Committee on Public Health and Human Services
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending Title 6 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Health Code," by adding a new Chapter 6-1200, entitled "Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Practices," to provide for registration of pharmaceutical manufacturer agents and certain other requirements; and to prohibit gifts by pharmaceutical manufacturers and their agents to health care practitioners; all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Bass
Indexes: HEALTH CODE, PHARMACEUTICAL SALES AND MARKETING PRACTICES
Code sections: Title 6 - HEALTH CODE
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 180888-A02, As Amended on Floor.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
2/7/20191 CITY COUNCIL     Not available Not available
1/31/20191       Not available Not available
1/31/20191 CITY COUNCIL     Not available Not available
1/31/20192 CITY COUNCIL     Not available Not available
1/31/20192 CITY COUNCIL     Not available Not available
12/6/20181 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass  Action details Not available
12/6/20181 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDARPass14:3 Action details Not available
12/6/20181 CITY COUNCIL READ AND ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK'S SECOND READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
11/30/20180 Committee on Public Health and Human Services HEARING NOTICES SENT   Action details Not available
11/30/20180 Committee on Public Health and Human Services HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
11/30/20180 Committee on Public Health and Human Services AMENDED   Action details Not available
11/30/20181 Committee on Public Health and Human Services REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED   Action details Not available
10/11/20180 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass  Action details Not available
Title
Amending Title 6 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Health Code," by adding a new Chapter 6-1200, entitled "Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Practices," to provide for registration of pharmaceutical manufacturer agents and certain other requirements; and to prohibit gifts by pharmaceutical manufacturers and their agents to health care practitioners; all under certain terms and conditions.

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WHEREAS, the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions in Philadelphia, such that over 1,200 people are believed to have died from drug overdoses in 2017, over 80% of which involve prescription opioid painkillers, heroin, or fentanyl; and where tens of thousands of people are believed to be addicted to opioids; and

WHEREAS, four out of five new heroin users nationally started with prescription opioids; and

WHEREAS, rates of sales of prescription opioids more than doubled between 2001 and 2011 in Philadelphia and currently remain well above the sales levels of 2001; and

WHEREAS, this increase in sales has been driven to a significant extent by aggressive and misleading marketing by pharmaceutical companies and their representatives, who-as stated in detail in the complaint that the City has filed against multiple opioid manufacturers in City of Philadelphia v. Allergan, et al--encouraged health care providers to overprescribe these medications; and

WHEREAS, there is significant evidence that in-person sales visits by pharmaceutical representatives, accompanied by gifts such as free meals and office supplies, influence providers' prescribing behavior; and

WHEREAS, there is evidence that pharmaceutical companies have made misleading claims about medications other than opioids, such as Zyprexa, Effexor and Pamine; and

WHEREAS, prohibiting gifts of any value from pharmaceutical representatives to heath care providers will reduce inappropriate influence and restore trust among patients in their providers; and

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