'Loophole' will hide pharma pitches to doctors

DRUG companies are sponsoring an average 608 educational events for doctors and nurses every week in Australia, research shows.

Academics from the University of Sydney say they’re concerned details of events will go unreported in future because of a loophole in Medicines Australia’s new code of conduct.

PhD candidate Dr Alice Fabbri, who has a medical degree, told the NPS MedicineWise National Medicines Symposium in Canberra that between October 2011 and September last year, pharmaceutical companies sponsored 116,845