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Doctors’ ties to drug industry remain strong, study finds
Los Angeles Times

Fewer doctors report accepting drug samples, gifts, meals and all-expenses-paid trips from drug companies, according to a study published this week that comes amid mounting concerns over the potential for conflicts of interest in medical practice.

Still, arrangements between physicians and the pharmaceutical industry continue to be common; 84% of physicians reported some type of tie with drug companies in 2009, compared with 94% in 2004.

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