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My rule of thumb when i practiced in the ER was the drug rep first had to buy pizza for all the staff then they would get 5 minutes exactly when i had down time.

Nice try!

Every knows that drug reps don't bother with ERs (not sayin' that ER docs aren't valuable, worthwhile folk and nice persons to hang with) but ERs generally don't run on the sort of drugs that Big Pharma wants to peddle via drug reps (really .....everyone does know that .... or at least, they should)

I know you didn't stipulate that you were actually practising emergency medicine in the ER .... but I'd be very interested to know which pharma rep(s) for which company and introducing which blockbuster drug complied with this rule of thumb.

Yes I was actually in practice at the time. I am happily retired now for 3 months. My hospital about 3 years ago decided to ban drug reps, so correct in saying that things may have changed.

My fav story is about 8-9 years ago the levaquin rep came in, promised pizza the next day, so I let him talk to me. The next day none of the staff brought their lunches and the drug rep didn't live up to his side of the bargain.

So i had him banned from the hospital.

About a month later he literally snuck into the ER in the night and begged to be re-admitted. So I had him buy a large pizza for each and every staff member, janitor, clerk working that evening. He did. We had stacks of pizza from floor to ceiling. So I relented and made the necessary phone calls.

A majority of patients admitted to the hospital come through the ER. I don't see why they wouldn't want to target us ER docs.

Anyway, hope that answers your question

Still retired,

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