Pfizer Makes a Point at ASCO
Okay, maybe it’s a cloying move by Pfizer to protest the absurdity of government oversight. But it’s also kind of funny.
The world’s largest drug company is advising US physicians who visit its exhibit booth at the ongoing ASCO meeting that they will have to swipe their registration cards if they want a freebie latte, reports Reuters. And oh no, you di’int: MDs from Minnesota and Vermont can’t have one at all, thanks to their state laws that prohibit all swag—no matter how trivial.
Moreover, if you do accept a latte from Pfizer, the company may provide your name to US regulators and post the fact that you received caffeinated remuneration at its disclosure website. God knows, you could end up scribbling scores of prescriptions for Aromasin during your 20-minute Pfizer-propagated caffeine buzz.
At least the oversight measures are keeping somebody employed…and amused.
ASCO = American Society of Clinical Oncology.
06/10/10 addendum: It’s hard to keep up, but Vermont recently amended its existing, relevant law to allow the “provision of coffee and other snacks or refreshments at a booth at a conference or seminar.” The bill became effective on March 27th (without the governor’s signature, according to the FDA Law Blog).