California Proposition 65
California residents please be advised of the following, pursuant to Proposition 65:
WARNING: The medical devices and products mentioned in this website contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm.
California Compliance Law - Marketing of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
Smiths Medical companies (“Smiths Medical”) are dedicated to the advancement of medical science, the improvement of patient care, and in particular to the contribution that high quality, cost-effective healthcare products can make toward achieving those goals. In pursuing this mission, Smiths Medical recognizes that adherence to standards and compliance with applicable laws is critical. Smiths Medical encourages appropriate business practices and socially responsible industry conduct.
Towards these ends, Smiths Medical has adopted both a Code of Corporate Responsibility and Business Ethics (the “Smiths Code”) and a Policy on Interactions with Health Care Professionals (the “Smiths Policy”). The Smiths Code provides governing principles which provide Smiths Medical employees with legal and ethical guidance in many aspects of the business. In addition, the Smiths Policy, which is closely modeled on the AdvaMed Code, provides employees with specific guidelines which govern their interactions and financial relationships with the health care professionals who are in a position to purchase, lease, recommend, use, arrange for, or prescribe Smiths Medical products in the United States. Smiths Medical has conducted widespread trainings within its companies on both the Smiths Code and the Smiths Policy.
Smiths Medical chose to model the Smiths Policy on the AdvaMed Code of Ethics for Interactions with Health Care Professionals (the “Code”) because the Code provides specific guidance on particular situations that are unique to the medical device industry. Indeed, many other medical device companies have also adopted the Code and thus, it has become the industry standard governing financial interactions between medical device companies and health care professionals.
In 2005, Smiths Medical reviewed and modified the Smiths Policy to make it consistent with the general principles of the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals (the “PhRMA Code”). Thus, while Smiths Medical’s Policy is modeled on the AdvaMed Code, Smiths Medical believes that the Smiths Policy is consistent with the principles of the PhRMA Code while providing Smiths Medical employees with additional guidance on critical subjects not covered by the PhRMA Code.
Additional information on Smiths Medical’s compliance activities is available from the Smiths Ethics Helpline at 1-866-279-1856