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Medical News & Perspectives
June 15, 2011

Medical Students’ Paradox: Drug Company Materials Biased Yet Helpful, They Say

JAMA. 2011;305(23):2401. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.829

Medical students appear to be a paradoxical lot in their views of pharmaceutical companies. A new review shows that at least two-thirds of students surveyed think the companies' educational materials are biased. But at least one-third say the information is helpful, and half or more would like to receive additional materials from drug makers (Austad KE et al. PLoS Med. 2011;8[5]:e1001037). The findings also show that as medical students advance from preclinical to clinical training, they are more likely to view gifts from pharmaceutical manufacturers as ethically permissible.

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