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(NECN) - The Senate has passed a ban on pharmaceutical company gifts to physicians. It applies to everything from free pens and notepads to free lunches and tickets. It argues that we all pay higher drug prices and perhaps take unnecessary drugs, because of the influence that gifts have on doctors. Dr. Daniel Carlat is a psychiatrist in practice in Newburyport, Mass. Dr. Tom Stossel is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.