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Pharmaceutical gift ban is a protection that must be preserved

June 17, 2012
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Dr. Gordon Schiff writes: I was disappointed to read the remarks by a spokeswoman for Governor Patrick in support of lifting the pharmaceutical gift ban law. In the four years since the gift ban was enacted, patients have been protected from unethical marketing activities — activities that add unnecessary expense to each pill and lead to harmful patient outcomes when patients receive medication they may not need and experience serious side effects.

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