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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 6841

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Publication type: Journal Article

Bosch X.
Spain investigates "bribery" of doctors.
Lancet 1999 Oct 30; 354:(9189):1537


Abstract:

The government of Spain has denied allegations that drug companies are “buying doctors” to influence prescribing patterns. The former manager of Abbott in Spain claims that Abbott instructed area managers and sales representatives to “buy” doctors with gifts, trips and cash.

Keywords:
*news story/Spain/doctors/bribery/sales representatives/Abbott/analysis of prescribing pattern/gift giving/ETHICAL ISSUES IN PROMOTION: GIFT GIVING/ETHICAL ISSUES IN PROMOTION: LINKS BETWEEN HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND INDUSTRY/INFLUENCE OF PROMOTION: PRESCRIBING, DRUG USE Conflict of Interest* Drug Industry* Humans Physician's Practice Patterns* Prescriptions, Drug* Spain

 

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