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November 12, 2003

Psychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug CompaniesPsychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug Companies

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2404-2405. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2404-a

To the Editor: Mr Dana and Dr Loewenstein1 stated that "Performing industry-supported research, physicians face an implicit demand for a positive finding to obtain further financial support." I have been responsible for several thousand registration trials, carried out in approximately 50 countries for 4 major pharmaceutical companies, and I have never known investigators to be selected on the basis of their results. Investigators are selected according to a number of criteria, including experience in conducting clinical trials, ability to recruit the type and number of patients needed in the agreed-upon time, the production of complete and accurate data, and an optimal clinical research infrastructure.

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