How New Trade Secret Legilation Impacts Pharma Compliance Programs

By Jose P. Sierra

Two enacted criminal statutes have raised the stakes not only for individuals and corporations that misapporpriate another company’s trade secrets, but also for the companies responsible for safeguarding those trade secrets from theft. For the legal, human resources, and complaince departments of a pharmaceutical company, these statutes create both risks and opportunities and underscore the importance of re-assessing the company’s policies, training and internal controls relating to trade secrets and other proprietary information. This article outlines how taking proactive measures, pharmaceutical companies can leverage the strengthened EEA to improve an often neglected but increasingly important area of compliance that is directly tied to entrerprise risk management.

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This article first appeared in the Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, March 2013.