An Army of pharma trips?By Bill Allison Jun 10 2009 3:56 p.m.
The Center for Public Integrity has analyzed 22,000 Pentagon travel disclosures -- filed when an outside party pays for a trip taken by Department of Defense personnel. The finding that jumped out at both Anu and me:
The medical industry paid for more travel than any other single interest over $10 million for some 8,700 trips, or about 40 percent of all outside sponsored travel. Among the targets: military pharmacists, doctors, and others who administer the Pentagon's $6 billion-plus annual budget for prescription drugs
I would have expected Defense contractors to be number one. I hope CPI follows up on it. In any case, the project shows what can be done when you dig into federal records.
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