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    Friday, February 17, 2006

    Penless: Doctors in Massachusettes may soon be forbidden to use drug rep pens:

    "If a doctor needs a Caribbean vacation or a mug or a pen, he or she is probably not very successful and needs to be in another business," says state Sen. Mark Montigny, D-Mass., who sponsored the bill.

    Caribbean vacations are definitely a little much, but a pen?

    UPDATE: In the comments, Flea observes that Massachusettes lawmakers look in the mirror:

    The wine is flowing and the laughter plentiful as the group of Massachusetts legislators and their fellow revelers relax inside the restaurant at Hotel Estoril Eden, a four-star waterfront high-rise with expansive views of the coast.Buffet tables are stacked. The rich, creamy flan is a must-eat. 'We need another bottle of wine," someone calls out from one of the tables.

    The jovial dinner Tuesday night was another highlight on the group's 10-day excursion through Spain and Portugal, in the balmy climes and laid-back atmosphere of the Iberian Peninsula. There were casino visits, walks along the surf, and seaside cocktails at sundown in a cove west of Lisbon known as the Portuguese Riviera.

    ....Former state senator Henri S. Rauschenbach, a Republican who is now a State House lobbyist representing many healthcare interests and hospitals, was also scheduled to attend.

    No word on who paid for the trip - only that it was "private funds" not taxpayer dollars. Do you suppose the lobbyist had anything to do with it?


    posted by Sydney on 2/17/2006 09:41:00 PM 4 comments


    If a legislator needs a thousand or two from a lobbyist, he or she is probably not very successful and needs to be in another business.

    By Blogger Michael Rack, MD, at 12:52 AM  

    Pens. How naive!

    They are for the office staff, along withe the free food and the other junk.

    Take the cash.

    By Blogger insider, at 7:32 AM  

    >The pot calls the kettle black, big time.

    By Blogger Flea, at 9:59 PM  


    You're absolutely right. I actually had an employee leave because she could get free drug rep stuff (including drug samples) at another doctors office that she couldn't get at mine.

    Well, that was one reason anyway. I suspect she also thought I put this on every morning.

    By Blogger sydney, at 3:03 PM  

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