As a science-driven and values-based company, Amgen is committed to exchanging information with healthcare providers in an ethical and responsible way, and with the best interests of patients always in mind. The company has established mandatory standards that all Amgen staff members, consultants, contract workers, and temporary staff must follow when interacting with healthcare professionals and other customers.
Amgen maintains collaborative relationships with healthcare professionals where appropriate in order to develop new products; determine appropriate and beneficial uses for products; support medical research and other educational, scientific and charitable activities; provide healthcare professionals and the public with information regarding the benefits and risks of Amgen’s products; and obtain feedback and advice about Amgen products from medical experts. Amgen requires that all interactions with healthcare professionals and other customers comply with applicable laws. Moreover, we seek to ensure that our interactions with healthcare professionals consistently meet or exceed industry guidelines.
In the United States, Amgen voluntarily complies with and fully supports the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America's (PhRMA) revised "Code on Interactions with U.S. Healthcare Professionals." The Code, which took effect in January 2009, provides firm guidance on such interactions including the use of promotional materials; grants and consulting arrangements; meals and entertainment; continuing medical education; clinical practice guidelines; and sales and marketing training for company representatives.
In May 2008, Amgen began posting on our public website the grants and charitable donations made by the Amgen Medical Education department (AmgenMED) and the Amgen Foundation. The donations lists are updated on a quarterly basis and can be viewed here.