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Monday, July 21, 2008

Law 101 Continued: Bribery Versus Gifting

Any pharmaceutical company will typically use the word, 'gifting' when they bribe others.

Bribery is the voluntary giving of something of significant value and of no medical benefit from a clinical perspective specifically to influence the performance of the prescriber that will be beneficial financially to the giver of the bribe. Typically, the one who bribes seeks out those who are venal and will accept the bribe.

Gifting, however, is the voluntary transfer of property with consideration in which no value is received in return for accepting the gift. In addition, the receiver understands the nature of the gifter and thier inability to control the actions of the receiver.

How many doctors actually receive true gifts?

More to follow......

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