Doing the right thing
A commitment to corporate citizenship and community service are long standing traditions at Purdue Pharma (Canada). As part of our corporate responsibility program, we have three areas of focus:
- Sponsorships, donations and grants
Purdue Pharma (Canada) takes an active role in supporting organizations that try to improve the quality of life where our employees live and work. We provide sponsorships, donations, in-kind service support and grants.
Our Commitment to the Community
Purdue Pharma (Canada) believes its responsibility goes beyond the provision of innovative medicines. Each year we contribute funding to a wide range of community organizations across Canada. These include health and science education programs, disease awareness initiatives, community agencies as well as the scientific and academic communities.
As a proud and active member of Canada’s INNOVATIVE MEDICINES CANADA (IMC), Purdue Pharma (Canada) supports the IMC Guidelines for Transparency in Stakeholder Funding. Please click here for a list of groups to which the company has provided funding.
Purdue Pharma (Canada) is proud to donate products for international humanitarian aid through Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC). This agency arranges shipments of products to needed areas of the world and also supplies physician travel packs, containing medicines and medical supplies suitable for use by individual physicians on overseas aid missions.
If you are a physician interested in product donations to support international medical missions, please contact HPIC directly at 1-800-627-1787 or http://www.hpicanada.ca/.
- Preventing the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs
The under-treatment of pain and the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription pain medications are both serious public health problems. Pain affects millions of people each year. Pain medications remain a safe and effective treatment for appropriately selected and monitored patients. Unfortunately, misuse and abuse and diversion of pain medications can lead to tragic consequences, including addiction, overdose and death. Purdue Pharma (Canada) has been committed to providing resources to support the responsible use of prescription opioids for pain.
As a pharmaceutical leader in pain medicine, we are acutely aware of the public health risk these powerful medications create, especially when they are diverted, misused and/or abused. That’s why we work with health experts and government agencies on efforts to reduce the risk of opioid abuse and misuse without reducing appropriate pain treatment. At Purdue Pharma (Canada) we support a number of initiatives that address the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.
- Safe disposal of prescription medicine
Purdue has been an industry advocate of proper storage and safe disposal of prescription medicine. Safe disposal keeps drugs out of the hands of children and other people who might use them inappropriately. It keeps drugs out of landfill sites and water supplies. And it prevents the inadvertent use of unused or expired medications. A proud member of Canada Health Products Stewardship Association (CHPSA), Purdue helps to fund nation-wide programs that ensure safe and effective collection and disposal of prescription medications. Please visit www.healthsteward.ca for more information.
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- Employee initiatives
Purdue Pharma (Canada) employees can expect a work environment that focuses on their health and wellness, while providing opportunities to grow, learn, be engaged and fulfilled.Employees also have the opportunity to give back through volunteer efforts in the community and various fundraising campaigns, such as United Way.
Each year Purdue Pharma (Canada) employees join together to donate their time, energy and financial resources during our annual employee fundraising campaign for the United Way of Ajax-Pickering-Uxbridge. Our longstanding commitment to United Way has been recognized year after year with several awards. In 2009, Purdue Pharma (Canada) celebrated an outstanding campaign with two awards, including a corporate and employee award of excellence honouring the generosity of our company and employees and an award recognizing our employee campaign coordinator for running a successful campaign.
We also run annual campaigns where employees donate clothes, personal care and household items to Durham-area shelters to help those in need.
These initiatives help foster a culture of volunteerism where employees have the opportunity to get involved and make a difference.
For more information on our Corporate Responsibility initiatives, contact us at 905-420-6400.
Keeping healthcare professionals informed
Purdue Pharma (Canada) works in partnership with key stakeholders to ensure appropriate prescribing, dispensing and use of our medicines. This includes continuing health education (CHE) for healthcare professionals.
Our educational efforts include:
- Our Pain Management Resource Centre (PMRC), which offers an annual program independently developed and taught by doctors focusing on pain assessment, addiction and abuse, and proper prescribing of controlled substances.
- Distributing medical practice guidelines and screening tools that have been developed by independent experts and relevant authorities to help doctors identify people who are seeking medicines illegally.
- Supporting activities of major professional societies at their annual conferences, including seminars, speaker presentations and satellite symposia.
- Grants to hospitals and other organizations for grand rounds, speaker presentations and workshops at the local, provincial and national levels.
These programs help to educate thousands of healthcare professionals in Canada.
For more information please contact our CHE team at 905-420-6400.