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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

1 in 4 Mass. physicians received industry gifts or payments

One in four physicians in Massachusetts received at least one gift or payment from pharmaceutical or medical device companies valued at $50 or more in the two and a half years after the state began tracking them.

The most common gifts were food, while the most lucrative were payments for speaking engagements, consulting or other services, according to an analysis by a Harvard-led research group published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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