Tuesday, January 16, 2007

new pharmacetical trade group ethics code

So the the Salem News has an article about how the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations--a trade group of the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer--has revised its code of ethics for its companies. Under this new code, their representatives must refrain from giving doctors money or other gifts (such as ski weekends or various hotel stays) that might influence their prescription choices. But it doesn't bar representatives from these companies from giving gifts related to doctors' job duties (like stethoscopes) or place any prohibitions on direct-to-consumer advertising.

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