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May 24/31, 2000

Gifts to Physicians From the Pharmaceutical Industry

Author Affiliations

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


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

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

To the Editor: We read with interest the article by Dr Wazana1 that reviewed the medical literature on the relationship between physicians and the pharmaceutical industry and its impact on the knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of physicians. Despite enhanced discussion of the issues, a plethora of publications, and official guidelines produced by professional organizations,2,3 these concerns are remarkably similar to those expressed a decade ago.4,5 However, there is evidence of a worrisome new marketing strategy, pharmaceutical sponsorship of events involving not only physicians, but their families as well.

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