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The Ban On Drug Company Gifts To Physicians, Captured In A Photograph

Select states have taken a hard line against doctors accepting any type of gifts from drug companies.

And that includes food of any kind, which makes for some awkward moments at national physician conventions.

So, during this week’s ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston, WhiteCoat snapped a picture of this notice, which borders on farcical:

drug company gifts

I’ve heard similar stories from other national meetings, where, for instance, doctors from Massachusetts are barred from attending dinner CME lectures or other educational activities. Driver licenses are indeed checked.

I understand the crackdown on accepting drug company gifts, but I wonder if there’s any resentment from these doctors for being blatantly singled out.

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  1. Kate Lloyd says:

    I recently gave a State of the Art lecture at the ICS conference in San Francisco on the subject of Medical Education and the pharmaceutical industry subtitled “Things ain’t what they used to be”
    The RCP working party recommends ‘all gifts to doctors including food and travel should end’. It caused some consternation as most of the non-US delegates had come courtesy of the industry!
    What do you think, will it happen? In UK only if ABPI changes the Code, which I think it might!

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