Big pharma needs more scrutiny
Inevitably, the invitation involved a catered lunch, often much better than the salad roll I would normally gulp down in between patients. Sometimes a pair of socks, water bottle and pen would be thrown in.
I’d also get regular invites to attend “educational” dinners at restaurants I’d only ever read about in The Age Good Food Guide. It was an opportunity to learn something and get a good feed and a few freebies. Mostly, although not always, I would knock these offers back. I was sure they would not influence my behaviour but I felt uneasy about the relationship.
I was aware that these were not benevolent institutions but profit-driven companies determined to get a return on their investment.
I’ve had many animated discussions with friends from university who are now hard-working GPs and specialists. All ethical people. Some refuse to deal with drug companies full stop; others are willing to accept