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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 Wazana's review1 strongly suggests that the present extent of physician-industry interactions affects not only prescribing behavior but the professional standing and identity of the medical profession in general. During my sabbatical visit to the United States, I encountered physicians who managed to have lunch provided by pharmaceutical companies on most of their work days. Others only attended seminars or lectures in CME that included free meals.

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