According to this article from The Age (Australia), docs often demand gifts from pharma. A snip:
- THE biggest investigation into gifts to medical specialists has found they actively ask for gifts from companies worth between $50 and $100,000.
The requests extend to money for nurses' salaries, donations to their departments, computers, microwaves, journals, textbooks, CDs -- even funds for a Christmas party.
It also says:
- Of the one in two specialists offered travel to conferences, two-thirds accepted and most attended the meetings as audience members, not speakers. The authors -- who included ethics and medical professors from the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle -- recommended in their report the end of direct payments from drug companies for travel. Industry funds for travel should be distributed through an independent group, the report said.