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Ban on gifts from industry must stay

July 1, 2010

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RE “BAN on drug industry gifts could be lifted’’ (Metro, June 25): As a community physician, I feel obliged to speak out against the proposed repeal of our state’s pharmaceutical industry gift ban.

My colleagues and I are all very aware of how pervasive and corrupting this industry’s aggressive marketing tactics have been. The existing law, instituted less than two years ago, is just part of what needs to be a larger ongoing attempt to reduce and eliminate the massive overspending and unsound medical decisions that result from unrestrained pharmaceutical marketing.

For the health of our patients and the integrity of the medical profession, this law needs to be strengthened, not repealed.

James Recht, MD
Cambridge

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