What would your advice be regarding drug companies sponsoring a health
professional to undertake a review of medications within GP practices?
Obviously no changes could be made without the authority of the GP. The
sponsored health professional would have open access to the GP
administration system and would be able to suggest changes to patients'
medications. This may or may not financially benefit the practice but I
would think would always benefit the sponsor. As a patient I would not be
at all happy to think that commercial companies had access even by a health
professional (however secure) to my details. If informed I would object to
the processing but could they go ahead and justify it by para 6(1) Sch 2
and para 8(1) and (2) therefore not requiring my consent.
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