On March 19, 2020, the Turkish Medicine and Medical Devices Authority (“TİTCK”) announced the suspension of product promotion representatives’ visits to pharmacies and health organizations within the scope of measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Article 5 of the Regulation on the Promotional Activities for Pharmaceuticals, product promotion representatives carry out promotional activities for pharmaceuticals through visits to doctors, dentists and pharmacists.
In light of the measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, the TİTCK suspended product promotion representatives’ promotional activities of visits to doctors, dentists and pharmacists in all health organizations and institutions, including pharmacies. The TİTCK also announced that promotional activities could still be carried out electronically (such as e-mail and video conference).
The TİTCK’s announcement is available online here (in Turkish).
The TİTCK continues to take active steps to protect the public against the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey. All product promotion representatives must suspend their visits to the health organizations until further notice and follow the TİTCK’s announcement in this regard.