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“Whatever Happened to Pharmaceutical Swag?”

Erika Kelton in The Atlantic, 11/07/14.

ProPublica, which performed a four-year investigation of drug-company payments to doctors, found that more than three-quarters of doctors have at least one financial tie to a drug or medical-device company.

When they do make physician visits, pharmaceutical reps are still often caught saying that a drug is more effective than it has been proven to be, “or saying that it’s also effective for populations of patients that it hasn’t been proven to treat,” said Erika Kelton, a lawyer who represents whistleblowers against the pharmaceutical industry.

“Whatever Happened to Pharmaceutical Swag?”

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