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Doctors are shy about revealing their ‘gifts’ from drug companies

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Just 55 per cent of doctors and healthcare professionals in the UK have put their names in a register that monitors drug company payments and gifts, a new survey has discovered. It was anticipated that at least 70 per cent would reveal their names when the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry’s disclosure database was launched last year.

The database tracks fees and benefits in kind – such as PCs, holidays, and lavish dinners – paid by drug companies to doctors, pharmacists, nurses and healthcare organisations. But it’s a voluntary scheme, and only those who agree to be identified as beneficiaries of drug company largesse are named.

(Source: BMJ, 2017; 356: j1574)

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