Friday, March 28, 2008

A lot more than shrimp on the barbie?

From the Sydney Morning Herald article:

Australian drug companies forked out more than $30 million in six months hosting doctors at controversial "educational" events, a report has revealed.

Pharmaceutical industry body Medicines Australia has been forced to detail spending on doctors' seminars of up to $2,500 a head, often hosted at expensive hotels and in exotic locations.

A report prepared for Medicines Australia by international consulting firm Deloitte shows that 42 companies spent $31 million, including $16.4 million on direct hospitality costs like meals, flights and hotels, in the second half of last year.

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