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GPs asked not to demand payments from drug company representatives

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:72
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The Code of Practice Authority, which enforces the pharmaceutical industry's rules for promoting drugs in the United Kingdom, has asked GPs to stop requesting payments from drug company representatives because such payments infringe the authority's code.

    In its May review the authority says it has had reports of general practices asking drug company representatives for payments such as contributions to the cost of coffee or lunch when they attend a GP's surgery to talk about the company's drug products.

    Heather Simmonds, director of …

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