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Drug maker gave ‘lavish gifts’ to ‘high-prescribing’ doctors
California Watch

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones broke new legal ground last week by relying on an obscure section of the state insurance code to go after a big pharmaceutical company for wooing doctors with cognac, cigars and golf outings to prescribe its drugs. Jones, an attorney who worked for Janet Reno in the Clinton White House, announced on Friday that he joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb.