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Industry association suspends drug company for entertaining doctors

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:381
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    One of the world's biggest drug companies has been suspended from its UK trade organisation after two of its employees went with a doctor to a lap dancing club and for providing other extensive hospitality.

    Abbott Laboratories has admitted providing senior hospital consultants with tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament and trips to greyhound racing. As a result the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has decided to suspend the company's membership for a minimum of six months—the severest penalty handed out by the organisation in 10 years.

    In its ruling on 10 …

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