April 9th, 2012

Should Hospitals Stop Giving Out Free Samples Of Baby Formula To New Moms?

By Chris Morran
Consumerist

It can be hard to turn your nose up at anything that’s offered for free. But are hospitals doing more harm than good when they give out free samples of brand-name baby formula to mothers of newborn babies?

The folks at Public Citizen have fired off letters to more than 2,600 hospitals around the country, urging them to stop including these samples in new mothers’ discharge bags, calling it unethical and a violation of good public health policy.

A number of hospitals in the U.S. have already stopped handing out the samples and the practice has been stopped altogether in Rhode Island, but around 66% of hospitals are still making the freebies available to new moms.

Read more: http://consumerist.com/2012/04/should-hospitals-stop-giving-out-free-samples-of-baby-formula-to-new-moms.html

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