Starter packs unethical, draft code says

Any doctors accepting drugs samples would be in breach of their ethical duties under a draft code pitched by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

The college draft guidelines for "ethical relationships" between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry described the samples — including starter packs — as "primarily a marketing exercise".

"While access to product samples may be argued to serve patient interests in very defined situations, for the most part it compromises the quality use of