French Industry Denies Influence On Prescribing Practices
BMJ Study Says Gifts To GPs Help Push Up Drug Costs
A study in the BMJ says gifts from pharma firms persuade French doctors to prescribe more of their products, thereby increasing overall drug costs for the health insurance system. Leem disputes the conclusions of the study, saying it makes some fundamental errors.
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