Doctors accept $50 a time to listen to drug representatives

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1113
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    A new American company called Time-Concepts LLC is offering doctors $50 (£34; €55) each time they listen to a short sales pitch from a drugs company representative in their office.

    The new company receives $105 from the drug manufacturer each time it secures a consultation, $50 of which goes to the doctor, $5 of which goes to a charity that the doctor selects, and $50 of which it keeps.

    Doctors are accepting …

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