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No Free Lunch GP takes action

Dr Des Spence is to help draw up a voluntary code of practice to regulate GPs' relationships with the pharmaceutical industry because of fears over its influence on prescribing.

Dr Spence, a member of the American lobby group No Free Lunch and a GP in Glasgow, said there was an 'onus on GPs to be sceptical' about the industry's promotional activities.

'We can't go on about being short of time and suddenly find time for marketing while patients wait weeks for appointments,' he added.

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