A North Carolina pharmacy services company agreed Wednesday to pay a $5 million civil fine to settle federal anti-kickback violations alleged to have occurred under prior ownership, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced.
While the story of former Gov. McDonnell and his wife's alleged excess may make us shake our heads, it did remind me of the slippery slope many in business or politics can fall down when it comes to gifts.
The stereotypical law student's first day is summed up as follows: Students think they are entering the field for the public good while their neighbors are in it for a hefty paycheck. A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine indicates that medical students have a similar experience and found that while students and residents felt confident they could accept gifts from the pharmaceutical industry and remain unbiased, they couldn't say the same of their peers.