Holding Off the Feds

Government investigations of pharma meetings are on the rise. Here's how you can protect your company.

It starts with a knock on the front door, usually of a lower-level employee, usually around supper time. The visitor, an agent from the Office of Inspector General or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is investigating alleged corporate misdeeds, maybe expensive gifts given to doctors at meetings or inordinately high speaker or consultant fees. The next thing you know, the company is subpoenaed and must turn over literally millions of pages of records — including documents related to

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