Pharmaceutical companies gave $12m to doctors, nurses and pharmacists

Exclusive: Payments included $6.5m for travel and accommodation and more than $4.2m in speaking and consultancy fees

Pharmaceutical companies gave Australian doctors, nurses and pharmacists almost $12m in fees and expenses to attend conferences and give talks between November 2016 and April 2017.

The payments comprised more than $6.5m for travel expenses and accommodation; more than $4.2m in speaking and consultancy fees; and more than $700,000 to cover registration at medical conferences and events.

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