Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—The recent discussion1of drug samples and their use by physicians in
their practices prompted me to share my observations. In partnership with
the pharmaceutical industry, clinicians are given a largess of sample medications.
Although the pharmaceutical industry spends an estimated $10 billion each
year on drug promotion, little has been written about the (economic) impact
on an individual practice.2,3
Wolf BL. Drug Samples: Benefit or Bait?. JAMA. 1998;279(21):1698-1699. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-21-jbk0603