Do free lunches really influence docs?

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The writer of this editorial in the New York Times thinks so:


    The doctors always insist that they can‘t be bought. But a former sales representative for two drug companies said the lunches were “incredibly effective” in lifting the number of prescriptions from practices that got the free food, and a medical school doctor who is examining the issue believes the lunches do influence prescribing. Some doctors seem to rely on free lunches as a fringe benefit for their staffs.

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