Pharma Planners: Ban the Boondoggles

The all-expenses-paid trips to resorts in Puerto Rico and Florida for doctors and their spouses, complete with cruises, spa treatments, cash payments, and other perks were organized by Parke-Davis under the guise of advisory board, consultant, and speaker training meetings. But the real purpose of the trips was to induce doctors to prescribe Neurontin for off-label uses and to recommend it to others. In other words, the trips were kickbacks under federal law.

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