Monday, April 13, 2009

Harvard-affiliated hospitals issue new COI policy

From the NEWSInferno article:
Hospitals affiliated with Harvard University are implementing a stricter conflicts-of-interest policy for their doctors. According to a press release from Partners in Health Care, the new policy not only bans doctors from accepting gifts from drug or medical device makers, it also prevents physicians from serving as paid speakers for such companies.
In addition to banning gifts - including free meals - and paid speaking engagements, the new policy also bars drug makers from accepting fee drug samples. Instead, such samples must be provided through a hospital pharmacy or another central mechanism. Sales reps won’t be able to visit staff unless they have “written invitations defining the purpose and terms of visits”, the press release said.
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