More bad press for pharma

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From today's New York TImes (free registration req'd): Drug Makers Are Still Giving Gifts to Doctors, FDA Official Says. A snip:

Three years after the drug industry said it would stop showering doctors with expensive gifts, a top federal drug official told a Senate panel on Thursday that such marketing efforts continued.

The official, Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting deputy commissioner for operations of the Food and Drug Administration, said during a break in the hearing that drug companies still invited doctors on cruises and to resorts in exotic places, all free.

*sigh* Why is there never coverage of the good news?

P.S. Here's another interesting editorial from the Times: Experrts and the Drug Industry.

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