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Health care organizations scale back free drug samples

8:50 PM, Sep. 6, 2013
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Free drug samples are becoming a relic of a simpler time in health care.

Health care organizations in Northeastern Wisconsin have or are in the process of phasing out free samples to patients, as well as curbing visits by drug and medical equipment salesmen to doctors. They cite a variety of reasons for ending the samples, but cost is a big part of it.

ThedaCare in Neenah recently instituted a policy, proposed by its physicians, to end free samples and prohibit drug and medical manufacturer representatives from making in-clinic visits. ...

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