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U of I Hospitals to adopt stricter ethics policy


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- University of Iowa physicians would be prohibited from giving free drug samples to patients under a new set of restrictions.

The new policy, according to a copyright story in the Des Moines Register, would end a long-standing practice that hospital leaders and consumer advocates say contributes to the rising cost of health care.

U of I Health Care employees would also be prohibited from accepting gifts and meals from private companies. The policy would also require all doctors who do industry consulting to report who they work for and how much they are paid.

The restrictions are set to be implemented in June.

They come after a university-requested audit that showed U of I Health Care needed more specific conflict-of-interest policies and better ways of monitoring potential conflicts.

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