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Letter to the editor
Editor, – Dr Herxheimer rightly said in his editorial 'The importance of independent drug bulletins' (Aust Prescr 2002;25:3-4) that some over-enthusiastic colleagues talk about their preferred treatment. This is done not out of enthusiasm or devotion, but because of inducements offered by drug companies. There is now an unhealthy practice of drug companies hiring specialists to speak about their new products to select groups of medical practitioners especially invited to hill stations or costly hotels. How do medical associations and medical councils allow such a partisan practice by their members?