The drug industry's practice of providing gifts and payments to physicians came under scrutiny at a June 27 hearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Committee Chairman Herb Kohl (D, Wis) convened the hearing to hear testimony about the kinds of influence that may be wielded by pharmaceutical manufacturers as they spend about $19 billion annually on lecture honoraria, conference registration fees, research grants, trips, meals, drug samples, and other items for physicians.
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