Doing the Right Thing
At Purdue Pharma (Canada), we believe in putting patients and the healthcare professionals who serve them at the core of everything we do, and that means acting with integrity in all our business decisions and actions. We act in accordance with both the spirit and the letter of all applicable laws, regulations, codes and policies – whether they are imposed by third parties or by ourselves.
Please use our Integrity Line to raise your questions or concerns.
Code of Conduct
As a proud member of Innovative Medicines Canada, Purdue Pharma (Canada) voluntarily adheres to the Innovative Medicines Canada Code of Ethical Practices. The Code of Ethical Practices is a commitment from Innovative Medicines Canada, and their members, to a relationship based on trust, accountability and transparency, with the health and well-being of patients and all Canadians as the first priority.
Purdue Pharma (Canada) employees also adhere to our own Code of Ethics to help ensure we continue to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in all our business activities. Our values guide our decisions and we always strive to do what is right for the patients we serve, the greater public health, our business, our fellow employees and partners.
We also hold our agents, partners and suppliers to the same standards.
Responsible medical use of opioid analgesics in pain management
Opioid analgesics can be an important option for healthcare professionals to appropriately treat patients with moderate to severe pain. Notwithstanding this medical need, Purdue Pharma (Canada) recognises that the use of prescription opioid medications is associated with risks of abuse, addiction and diversion. As a company that provides opioid medicines for appropriate and responsible medical and scientific use, we are committed to mitigating these risks and to supporting healthcare professionals in treating their patients in pain safely and responsibly.
The decision to prescribe opioid analgesics must carefully consider the patient’s individual circumstances and balance the legitimate need for adequate pain relief with the risks of potential abuse, addiction and diversion. Regular and careful monitoring by the clinician is essential to ensure that continued use of these medicines meets an ongoing medical need, for which there are no suitable non-opioid treatments, to ensure the appropriate dose is applied, and duration of treatment is minimised.
Safe Disposal of Prescription Medicines
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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