Chicago Proposes Pharma Rep Licensing Rules and Ethical Standards

March 20, 2017

The City of Chicago Commissioner of Public Health on Friday, March 17, published proposed Rules to implement the highly-publicized pharmaceutical representative licensing ordinance enacted in November 2016.

The Rules seek to clarify reporting and recordkeeping obligations, to explain professional education requirements, to articulate minimum ethical standards, and to establish monetary and other penalties for violations of the Ordinance, the Rules, and the incorporated ethical standards. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated that the Ordinance, which will take effect on July 1, 2017, is directed at curbing opioid abuse, the Ordinance and the proposed Rules will apply to all pharmaceutical representatives without regard to the types of pharmaceuticals they market or promote. The public comment period runs through Sunday, April 2, 2017.

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