Attention Doctors of the State of Minnesota: You may not have any of Eli Lilly’s free frozen yogurt. [WSJ Health Blog]


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  1. B says:

    Good. Drug companies shouldn’t be able to give free stuff to doctors.

  2. opsomath says:

    @B: +1

  3. Darn. I was thinking of going to medical school for 4 years, spending 5 more years working for peanuts as a resident and then moving to Minnesota to set up my practice. Now I know I can just skip all the fuss and accept my Frozen Yogurt…. oops, sorry, gotta give up that big buck job as a New York Government Employee.

    So… is Eli Lily doing ID and background checks on those that visit their booth?

  4. bohemian says:

    Every state in the union should be doing this. The VA banned drug reps and their swag a long time ago. A couple of MN hospitals have put an outright ban on the stuff too.

    The last time I went to the doctor just about everything was branded with some drug. Even the magazines. They had versions of the typical waiting room magazines only they had about double the number of drug ads in them. So the magazine was mostly drug ads with a few stories. Every pen, tissue box, stethescope, clip board, pad of paper and hand sanitizer was advertising some drug. Ironically that doctor tried twice now to get me to quit taking a couple of cheap generics that work fine for a couple of ungodly expensive new drugs that they have advertised all over the clinic.
    At least one of them is currently under FDA review for possibly needing more warnings on it. I don’t go there anymore.

    This crap has to stop.

  5. humphrmi says:

    Being an IT manager, I for one love a conference with lots of good schwag, but understand that the intent of these laws is to discourage doctors from getting big gifts from pharmaceuticals and then favoring their drugs.

    That said, I think it would be reasonable to make an exception for food items consumed on the premises. A doctor isn’t going to give preferential treatment just because he got a frozen desert.

    I think a better move would be to limit what ads a doctor could put up in his office, like the poster @bohemian described.