Monday, August 10, 2009

Gift bans going too far?

Will a free lunch, a speaking engagement, or a trip to a conference influence what you prescribe your patients? That’s the idea behind several states enacting laws banning gifts to doctors from drug- and device-makers (and Congress considering a push for more transparency in these relationships).

But now, a group of doctors say these moves are going too far. Read more

According to an American Medical News story, a recently-formed group called the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators say the rules impede collaboration and hinder research and consulting. And others have said the restrictions assume docs are easily influenced and need to be regulated.

Does accepting these gifts create a conflict of interest or undermine your credibility? Do the bans affect research and collaboration?

Should there be a limit, and if so, what?

1 comment:

  1. Good Shot, i like your post. Keep it up!!!!!!