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UCSF Study Links Pharma Meals to Brand-Name Prescribing by Doctors
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Evidence is mounting that doctors who receive as little as one meal from a drug company tend to prescribe more expensive, brand-name medications for common ailments than those who don’t.

A study from researchers at UC San Francisco that was published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine found significant evidence that doctors who received meals tied to specific drugs prescribed a higher proportion of those products than their peers. Doctors who received even one meal, costing an average $20 or less, were up to twice as likely to prescribe a promoted drug. And the more meals they received, the greater share of those drugs they tended to prescribe relative to other medications in the same category.