Pharma Group Says “No” To Expensive Gifts to Doctors Which Could Influence Their Drug Choices

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), a worldwide trade group said that under their revised ethics code that as of January 1, 2007, they were no longer permitted to provide expensive gifts to doctors. This change to the ethics code was the first in the past 10 years. Members of this trade group are no longer permitted to give physicians money or expensive gifts such as stays in luxury hotels or trips to golf resorts that might influence their prescription drug selections. IFPMA members include Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Merck and Novartis. Here’s to more reform!

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