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Fewer Doctors Taking Freebies from Drug Companies

Fewer doctors are taking drug samples, gifts, meals and trips from drug companies, according to a survey. However, such arrangements between physicians and drug companies are still common -- 84 percent of physicians reported some type of tie with drug companies in 2009, although this is down from 94 percent in 2004.

The numbers come from a survey filled out by close to 1,900 doctors. It follows a similar survey conducted five years earlier.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

“Comparisons show especially sharp falloffs in the number of physicians reporting being paid by drug companies for continuing medical education or attending meetings in expensive or exotic locations; 18 percent of doctors reported receiving these reimbursements in 2009, down from 35 percent in 2004.”

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