Quote from TiffyRN
Free Formula is about to be a thing of the past at our hospital. Our hospital is trying to get the "baby friendly" designation. Allegedly there is research that says giving out formula or even a diaper bag without formula but with coupons for formula (breast feeding "support" bags) lowers rates of breastfeeding.
I work NICU and I know that refusing to accept free formula is going to seriously affect our budget. We will still be buying formula obviously.
I'm still making up my mind on how I feel about the whole thing. I see the conflict of interest; I like getting free formula; I don't give a care about whether we get another useless designation (we are already magnet and that doesn't mean anything day to day for the floor nurses).
I don't know of any employees on our unit who gets it, but I don't think anyone has a baby either.
Personally, I think it is a conflict of interest to take what, in my opinion, amounts to bribes by company reps - that goes for formula as well as other drug rep products and "freebies" (which are by NO means free - we all pay out the yin yang for it in their high prices for their drugs and products - research it and you'll see what I mean). And the studies about the formula freebies aren't alleged, they do actually exist & can be found with a quick search
I thought that the hospitals who have stopped taking the free formula simply charged the family for their formula, just like the other things they use while there?
Here's one site that is kind of about this:
You can search at PubMed for all kinds of studies on physicians, gifts, free formula, drug reps, etc.
You can also google "drug reps" etc. and find more food for thought on the topic.
A partial quote from one thing I found in the Am J of Bioethics "...receiving gifts from drug companies. Professional guidelines recognize industry gifts as a conflict of interest and establish thresholds prohibiting the exchange of large gifts while expressly allowing for the exchange of small gifts such as pens, note pads, and coffee. Considerable evidence from the social sciences suggests that gifts of negligible value can influence the behavior of the recipient in ways the recipient does not always realize. Policies and guidelines that rely on arbitrary value limits for gift-giving or receipt should be reevaluated."