How Expanscience works with healthcare professionals
Laboratoires Expanscience is supported by the expertise of healthcare professionals. They help us to meet patients' requirements, guarantee the safety and efficacy of our products and support scientific progress. We mainly call upon them for three reasons.
- Get the experts involved right from the early stages of a product's development
Healthcare professionals help us perform vital clinical trials when assessing the safety and efficacy of our products. These experts are involved in identifying the therapeutic needs, protocols and patients concerned. Throughout these trials, they monitor the patients. They are also involved in publishing the results.
We may also sometimes be required to support researchers by subsidising their work in the various therapeutic areas in which we operate. Working with healthcare professionals in this way enables them to work with real medicines or pharmaceutical specialities, and to expand their knowledge of diseases and of patients' needs.
- Get expert advice from healthcare professionals
When we want to share information with doctors, pharmacists or patients, we involve healthcare professionals who have been recruited for their expertise in our discussions. The aim is to tailor our information to meet the needs of the target that we want to reach. The doctors we consult also ensure that patients' interests are properly represented in our strategies. Their approval is also confirmation that our publications are reliable.
- Showcase their expertise at conferences, symposiums or roundtables
At events attended by bodies involved in healthcare, we try and get healthcare professionals to present the results of our research, or our new products, etc. In such cases, we make it clear if there is any conflict of interest that links us to the healthcare professional in question before they say anything. What they say is based on scientific data and is in compliance with current regulations in the country in question.
In France, our collaborations with healthcare professionals are subject to the Bertrand Law concerning the supervision of benefits, as well as to ANSM1 and Ministry of Health regulations. These contributions are subject to agreements that list the terms of our collaboration. The remuneration of healthcare professionals is compliant with the directives governing the calculation of fair market value. These directives are based on specific professional qualifications and the time required to carry out a requested service. For example, a doctor who is engaged for one day will be paid on the basis of a day of consultation. Finally, remuneration and travel or meal expenses incurred for the purpose of a mission are granted to these healthcare professionals when they exceed €10 including VAT, in compliance with the law.
1. ANSM: Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, France’s national agency for the safety of medicines