Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Mr Dana and Dr Loewenstein1 concluded that pharmaceutical industry gifts to
physicians should be banned.
As they stated, the evidence is clear: pharmaceutical gifts influence
physician behavior, often by steering physicians away from the most cost-efficient
treatment. We at the American Medical Student Association are also concerned
that the ubiquitous pens and office supplies bearing the mark of pharmaceutical
companies degrades the professionalism of physicians in the eyes of their
McCoy C, Oshman 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