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Spectre at drug company feast

From Dr Manju Hardas, Liverpool

We are all aware of the evening meetings of doctors, often held in expensive restaurants, sponsored by drug companies across the UK.

The meetings are preceded by a medical talk, usually delivered by a hospital consultant.There is no such thing as a free meal in this life. However hard we deny these meetings, all have a purpose beyond mere product information. But I am afraid there is a number of professionals who succumb to these frequent free dinners. Often there is a pattern to these attendances. The same faces can be seen enjoying the hospitality over and over again. A simpleton would know the magnet here is free food and booze. Let the high-quality food be replaced by simple sandwiches – and then see how many turn up.

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