August 04, 2011

TGaS Advisors and PDMA Alliance to Conduct Benchmark Study on Sampling Trends, Compliance Issues Results to be Presented at PDMA Sharing Conference

Pharmaceutical industry compliance professionals who attend the PDMA Sharing Conference in San Antonio, Tex., September 25-28, 2011, will be among the first to learn the results of a benchmark survey of PDMA Alliance members currently under way. The PDMA Compliance Perspectives Benchmark is designed jointly by PDMA Alliance board members and TGaS Advisors, a benchmarking and advisory services firm and division of KnowledgePoint360.

The survey, distributed to all Alliance members, is designed to measure attitudes and opinions regarding general pharmaceutical sampling trends and provide a better understanding of how companies are resolving compliance-related issues. The survey will also cover the future state of sampling, sampling approach, field activities, training and technology, aggregate spend, state laws and significant loss threshold reporting. Results will be presented during the Conference's Open Forum PDMA Compliance Perspectives workshop and will serve as the basis for a discussion about how key challenges identified by the survey are being addressed.

According to Deb Segura, Executive Director of The PDMA Alliance, "This will be an important survey for our members. Not only will it provide valuable information, but it will also serve as a springboard for discussion of the major issues we are all confronting."

Kevin C. Sharp, Director, Management Advisor and head of TGaS Advisors' Commercial Compliance Practice, praised the PDMA Alliance for undertaking the benchmark. "Our goal is to help compliance professionals gain a better understanding of the changing pharmaceutical environment and best practices for dealing with the ongoing challenges."

About the PDMA Alliance

The PDMA Alliance Inc. is dedicated to improving the understanding of the Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA). Its members are pharmaceutical executives who are directly or indirectly involved or impacted by sample accountability and related fraud and abuse issues. Working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and providing current information regarding federal and state legislation are among the many significant ways that The Alliance supports its members throughout the year. For more information about the non-profit PDMA Alliance and the annual PDMA Sharing Conference, now in its 21st year, visit www.pdmaalliance.org.

About TGaS® Advisors

Ranked in the top 100 among U.S. Business Products & Services companies by the Inc. 5000, TGaS Advisors is the leading benchmarking and advisory services firm serving pharmaceutical commercial operations organizations. The TGaS Advisors roster includes the top 10 and the majority of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies with operations in the U.S. market. The firm provides the only comprehensive series of benchmarking solutions and advisory services for objectively improving the strategy and effectiveness of pharmaceutical operations organizations. TGaS Advisors, based in East Norriton, Penn., is an operating division of KnowledgePoint360 Group, a global leader in communications and information services to healthcare professionals.

About KnowledgePoint360

KnowledgePoint360 provides a broad range of medical communications services from offices in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany, including medical education, publication support, live educational meetings ranging from international congresses to dinner meetings, scientific content development, exhibit design, digital solutions, training, workflow and compliance solutions to support speaker programs, benchmark-based advisory services, and strategic consulting.

KnowledgePoint360 businesses include ACUMED, BlueMomentum, Clinical Bridges, CodonMedical, eMedFusion, FireKite, Gardiner-Caldwell Communications, GeoMed, Interphase, Medex-Media, Physicians World, Physicians World Europe, Physicians World Speakers Bureau, Scientific Connexions, StemScientific, and TGaS Advisors. Headquarters are in Secaucus, N.J., with additional offices in Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Tytherington and London, U.K.; Newtown and East Norriton, Penn., New York, Chicago, and San Bruno, Calif.; and Mannheim, Germany. For more information, visit www.knowledgepoint360.com.