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May NaN, 2000

Gifts to Physicians From the Pharmaceutical Industry

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(20):2655-2658. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2653

To the Editor: Dr Tenery's Commentary1 about physicians and the pharmaceutical industry and the article by Dr Wazana2 seem to take a limited view of financial reality. The issue in which these articles appeared contained 135 pages of advertisements. Of the $11 billion the industry spends each year to promote itself, only $5 billion is being spent on activities involving pharmaceutical representatives.2 At least some of the rest of this money appears to subsidize publication of scientific articles, including Tenery's.

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