Bad news. I was helping a friend move yesterday and a Pfizer drug rep was moving stuff into a storage locker. I tried to hit him up for some free stuff since I was there. He told me that all the major drug companies had hired an independent consulting firm to assess costs, and that they had collectively agreed to END THE FREE STUFF for doctors outside of drug samples starting June 1. No more trips or golf rounds, not even free lunches or dinners. No more bagels in the morning in clinic or free books for students. From now on any free dinners will be limited to company-sponsered "talks". The free ride is over just in time for me to graduate, dammit! He also said they are taking this very seriously and will be monitoring the reps to make sure no one is sneaking around and providing free stuff, thus giving advantages to the cheaters. Has anyone else heard this yet?