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Saturday, January 20th 2007

My Growing Collection Of Pharm Pens Is Safe

Recently, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, banned its members (including some notable big pharma members) from lavishing gifts on physicians.

“What we’re trying to do is prevent as many of the activities as possible that have not helped the reputation of the industry,” said Harvey E. Bale, director general of the federation. “We need to make sure the product is the best product for the patient and it’s not influenced by gifts and it’s not influenced by hospitality or vacations.”


This Isn’t Covered…

The federation’s new code limits companies to gifts that are work-related and of modest value, such as stethoscopes or medical dictionaries, Bale said.

What I didn’t know was how far some academic medical institutions have already gone to limit sales rep’s influences.

Stanford’s ban extends to free meals, drug samples, pens and sponsorship of continuing medical education, according to the university’s website.

I wonder if any Noble Laureates have looked at the labs, grants, practice and research opportunities, their new Chair, and lavish staff offered in Stanford’s contract but shaken off the deal because their free meals would be cut off…