With sick you get eggroll

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  • 07/28/2006

The NYT’s Stephanie Saul hit another reporting low with her article on drug companies providing lunch to docs and their staff as part of their promotional pitch. For a minute, reading how all that pizza and Chinese food worked its way into the price of medicine, (probably half the price of the cost of Aricept right Stephanie) I thought it was a piece from the Onion. I mean, doctors who rely on the free food to pay for the lunch of staff because they can’t meet payroll and still get eggroll? Where did she find these people?

But then I realized she was serious, indeed in earnest. No dbout she was fed — pardon the pun — this story from the Soros funded group - No Free Lunch — a group of left wing docs who believe that physicians are corrupted by pens, coffee mugs and deli wraps.

So earnest that I guess she forgot to mention that the former BMS exmployee Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau she quotes extensively is also the writer-producer of a movie called “Side Effects” about her life as a sales rep. But I guess giving someone free publicity to promote their move without disclosing it even though that knowledge might shape your view of the article is ok while providing lunch to docs is unethical?


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