Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In response to the article by
Mr Dana and Dr Loewenstein,1 I believe practicing
physicians are the true drug company representatives. We are the ones who
interface with the drug company customer (ie, the patient). We hear complaints
about the costs of their medications and all of their adverse effects. We
assist them in compiling records of adverse effects. We therefore provide
the pharmaceutical industry with a valuable service.
Bergeron L. Psychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug CompaniesPsychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug Companies. JAMA. 2003;290(18):2404-2405. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2404-a