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Ban on gifts from drug reps?

murray-final.jpgFrom Boston.com:

Completely aside from the relative merits of this specific concept – gifts from pharma companies to doctors – I’ve got to ask the question: Once you do this, how many other sales practices will you ban? Is it only because pharma is the whipping boy de jour? Are there no other places where gifts are given out as inducements to influence decisions? Will we ban jewelry as an unfair inducement in dating practices?

Here, in my opinion, is the money quote from this article:

Peggy Kerns, director of the ethics center at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, said Murray’s legislation is the first attempt at an outright ban on gifts to doctors that she had heard of.

Kerns said that many states are considering or have passed bans on gifts from lobbyists and industries to elected officials. “I think it’s legitimate and I’m sure the legislators are doing it for the public good,” she said. “I’ve just never heard of it, and it seems like the place to start would be within their own ranks.”

Amen. What are lobbyists, but political versions of drug reps? Clean up your own house first, then start looking at other industries…

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