Roche fined over “extravagant” meals for doctorsBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39129.465150.DB (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:384
- Bob Burton
Roche has been fined $A75 000 (£30 200; €44 900; $59 100) for breaching provisions of the Australian drug industry's voluntary marketing code of conduct specifying that hospitality should be “simple and modest.”
In July last year the BMJ (2006;333:169) and the Australian newspaper reported that Roche Products spent more than $A71 000 on three lavish conference dinners for about 330 doctors. Since then the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Australian government drug regulator, lodged a complaint alleging that Roche may have breached six provisions of the code. Roche is a subsidiary of the Swiss based F Hoffmann-La Roche …
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