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 medicines and works against