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: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.
Voelker R. Medical Students’ Paradox: Drug Company Materials Biased Yet Helpful, They Say. JAMA. 2011;305(23):2401. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.829