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MeritCare to dump sample meds

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Fargo-based MeritCare will ban free drug samples from its clinics and hospitals starting May 1.

The health system is the latest to say "no" to handouts because of the time it takes to manage the drugs and concerns about how samples may influence a doctor's drug choice for patients.


"It's become a question of 'Where are you putting your resources?' and 'Is it appropriate for the patient?' " said Bob Biberdorf, MeritCare's executive partner for pharmacy services.

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