Pharma Compliance Is Big Business; Software Vendors Offer Trove Of Tools
These days, the e-mail boxes of pharmaceutical compliance officers are overflowing with offers for help. Consultants and software developers are pitching a variety of wares, from tools that block sales reps from promoting drugs off-label to software that collects aggregate spend on health care providers
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