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Should Pharma pay doctors?

Increasing scrutiny on the relationship between prescribers and industry on the development, promotion and utilisation of medicines, has led to significant concern amongst healthcare professionals (HCPs) and professional bodies. A number of recent scandals have also brought about increasingly negative media attention.

This important debate will explore whether pharmaceutical companies should engage with HCPs to help develop, promote and use innovative medicines. The session will layout the nuances of how this can be done appropriately, will discuss whether HCPs should be paid, and how much, and also consider the wider implications for pharmaceutical companies, HCPs and patients.

Date: 20th March 2019, 6.30pm

Venue: Voysey Room, Mary Ward House Conference and Exhibition Centre,
5 - 7 Tavistock Place London, WC1H 9SN

Price: £75 (PMST trainee) / £85 (FPM member) / £100 (non-member)

The closing date for bookings is 5pm on Wednesday 13 March 2019 (subject to places remaining).

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Queries: If you are unable to complete your booking online or you would like to be invoiced, please email or call 020 3696 9040.

Buffet dinner served on arrival, drinks reception and networking to close




6.30pm   Registration and dinner and drinks

7.15pm   Welcome and introductions, chaired by Gillies O’Bryan-Tear

7.20pm   Introduction to the topic by panellists

7.40pm   Q & A and discussion, chaired by Gillies O’Bryan-Tear

9.00pm   Drinks reception       

9.30pm   Close of meeting


The panellists - Faisal Mehmud and Karen Mullen


Faisal joined Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in July 2016 initially to lead the UK and Ireland Medical organisation, and now heads the European Medical group.

He has held a variety of senior leadership roles, most recently at Novartis in the USA, where he was the Vice President of US Clinical Development and Medical Affairs Oncology.  Previously he was at GSK, where he was Head of the USA North American Medical Affairs/Clinical Development group for Oncology & Haematology and prior to this he held several roles of increasing seniority at GSK and at Sanofi.

He has extensive experience in late phase drug development, interaction with regulators, HTA bodies and academic co-operative groups globally over 15 years in a variety of therapeutic areas.

Faisal graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University, and before his time in industry, was a practicing physician in the UK in general medicine and oncology. 


Karen is Country Medical Director of GSK for UK and Ireland.

Worked in pharmaceutical medicine for 18 years across Medical Affairs, Clinical Research and Development.

Karen has worked across several therapy areas including general medicine, vaccines, gene therapy, she has worked in Australia and USA.

Last November she gave one of the plenary presentations, on the reinvention of the medical department at FPM Annual Symposium 2018.

About Faculty Conversations

Faculty conversations are designed to give members the unique opportunity to engage with eminent figures in industry, government, regulation, academia and clinical practice. The evenings consist of a buffet dinner, followed by around 1½ hours of discussion and debate, with drinks and networking to finish - a perfect combination of the professional and the social.

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