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The Astellas Group (Including Astellas Pharma Inc. and its domestic group companies, hereafter referred to as "Astellas") collaborates with research organizations of universities and medical institutions to conduct basic medical and pharmaceutical research, clinical development of new pharmaceuticals, post manufacture and marketing information collection and safety assurance measures, among other various activities. At the same time, Astellas contributes to improvements in medical healthcare of patients through the provision of pharmaceutical products and vaccines. Therefore, collaboration between Astellas and research organizations of universities and medical institutions is essential in the implementation of these activities.
Collaborative activities between Astellas and academic research institutions (academic-industrial collaboration) include joint research, commissioned research, and support activities of academic research through donations and other means. The results of research derived from these types of collaborative efforts between academia and industry are effective in contributing to society by helping to raise the level of Japan's medical services, and such collaboration are encouraged within the Japanese government's Basic Program for Science and Technology.
Moreover, pharmaceutical companies are obligated to collect, analyze, and assess data regarding the efficacy and safety of marketed medicines in collaboration with medical institutions and healthcare professionals, and to provide their findings and other information to healthcare professionals. Therefore, Astellas cooperates with specialist physicians to disseminate information on the proper use of medicines, share information designed to achieve higher levels of safety and efficacy of medicines, and exchange information on the latest findings for various medicines to as many healthcare professionals as possible through academic lectures, research conferences, and other methods.
These types of academic-industrial collaborations which are essential for medical and pharmaceutical research, commercialization of products, and diffusion of the proper usages of medicines are conducted through contracts formed with medical institutions and healthcare professionals. Because these activities often entail payment of fees in return for their contributions, Astellas maintains full compliance of laws and regulations including the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law, and implements measures to raise the transparency level of its business activities by complying with self-imposed regulations of the industry (1) and its own Code of Conduct. However, as our collaboration with medical institutions and healthcare professionals increases, it may appear that they are so closely associated with Astellas or its medicines that concern may be raised that the objective judgment of these medical institutions and healthcare professionals could be influenced.
As stated above, while maintaining a high level of ethics in its business activities and seeking to gain the understanding of a wide range of the parties concerned, with the goal of contributing to the development of life sciences including medicine and pharmaceuticals, in compliance with the guidelines of the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA)(2), Astellas will disclose information about its collaboration with healthcare professionals as listed below.
Disclosure will be made on Astellas' website or through other means. Notwithstanding the foregoing, information for total annual number and the total amount of fees paid per healthcare professional of "C. Lecture, Other Fees" of 4. Disclosure Details will be disclosed upon the request for viewing.
Information for the results of fiscal year 2012 will be disclosed at an appropriate time after the closing of the financial accounts for fiscal year 2012. In each year thereafter, information will be disclosed at an appropriate time after the closing of the financial accounts for each fiscal year.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, disclosure of total annual number and the total annual amount of fees paid per healthcare professional of "C. Lecture, Other Fees" of 4. Disclosure Details will be started from fiscal year 2014 for the results of fiscal year 2013.
Details about payments made to healthcare professionals in exchange for their collaboration will be disclosed in accordance with the categories listed below.
"The total annual amount" and "total annual number" of A, D and E above means the total annual amount and total annual number of each item at Astellas.
Important revisions of this policy will be determined by our managing director.
Pharmaceutical companies are called to understand the needs and concerns of patients and their families and to respond to them in the various settings that involve pharmaceuticals and patients. Moreover, as collaboration deepens with patients associations that represent the position of patients, the need has grown for pharmaceutical companies to maintain transparency in order to ensure that society in general has an accurate understanding of that collaboration.
Against this backdrop, the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA) issued the Transparency Guideline for the Relation between Corporate Activities and Patients Associations in March 2012.
The Astellas Group (including Astellas Pharma Inc. and its domestic group companies; hereafter referred to as "Astellas") promotes collaboration with patients associations through its social contribution initiatives and other activities based on its business philosophy and has disclosed some of the results to date. Astellas has now established these Transparency Guidelines for Relationships between Astellas Pharma Inc. and Patients Associations (hereafter referred to as "these Guidelines") as principles for information disclosure, with the intent of securing greater transparency from now on by disclosing, in accordance with the JPMA Guideline, information related to the monetary and other support that Astellas provides to patients associations.
In addition to disclosing the results of support provided through our social contribution initiatives, Astellas shall widely disclose its relationships with patients associations based on the following principles from now on.
Information shall be disclosed on the external website of Astellas Pharma Inc. and through other means.
The results of fiscal year 2013 shall be disclosed at an appropriate time after the closing of the financial accounts for fiscal year 2013 Thereafter, results for the previous fiscal year shall be disclosed at an appropriate time after the closing of the financial accounts for each fiscal year.
Details about payments made and labor provided to patients associations shall be disclosed in accordance with the categories listed below.