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Commentary
January 19, 2000

Interactions Between Physicians and the Health Care Technology Industry

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 2000;283(3):391-393. doi:10.1001/jama.283.3.391

My first formal contact with the health care technology industry was the black bag I received from a leading pharmaceutical company when I entered medical school. There were also gifts, such as penlights, notepads, and a multitude of drug samples, all with the pharmaceutical company's name clearly identified on the gift. Except for the occasional meeting with a pharmaceutical representative to discuss the advantages of a company's latest drug, that was the extent of our tangible relationship. The company name and product probably did achieve more recognition as a result. This, of course, is the lasting impact the company seeks.1

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