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Author Topic: Should drug firms make payments to doctors?
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Post Should drug firms make payments to doctors?
on: April 17, 2014, 21:51

Prescribe enough drugs and - as detailed in 1974 US Senate hearings - a doctor could accumulate points to exchange for a wide range of consumer desirables - colour TVs, watches, microwave ovens, lawnmowers, golf clubs...

The gradual exposure of such practices by whistleblowers, prosecutors and the media eventually led to a series of professional and industry guidelines, targeting some of the most flagrant financial transfers. Cash inducements were made illegal in some states, and outlawed federally for prescriptions covered by the Medicare and Medicaid programmes.

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