Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
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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.
McKinney WP, Rich EC. Gifts to Physicians From the Pharmaceutical Industry. JAMA. 2000;283(20):2655-2658. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2653