The GlaxoSmithKline has realized between April and June 2004, a large survey (by self-administered questionnaire) to ascertain the perception that physicians were their profession today. More than 12,000 doctors (specialists and generalists) have responded. The responses received indicate that physicians (94% generalists and 91% of specialists) believe that patients have become more demanding. They also believe that patients have become more distrustful, more but not necessarily better informed and more attentive to screening and prevention. Only 15% of physicians believe that over the past 5 years the relationship with their patients are improved, the finding is negative and tends to worsen with age of the doctor…

An association consists of the four giant Belgian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers. ;. The goal is to keep the place in Belgium among the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, in a context of globalization.

Some figures: Belgium is ranked 7th place in the world in absolute terms, in terms of investment in pharmaceutical research, and 3rd place in the world (relative to population) in number of drugs being development and scientific publications devoted to pharmaceutical research.