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April 25, 1990

Doctors, Drug Companies, and Gifts

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

JAMA. 1990;263(16):2178. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440160039020

To the Editor.—  I would like to congratulate Chren et al1 for the timely article regarding drug companies' gifts to physicians. It is indeed a serious problem, which the medical profession has been unwilling to address probably because we are the beneficiaries of this practice.I believe it is high time that we as a profession start to address this issue before outside agencies do. Indeed the American Medical Association and other professional organizations have a great responsibility to provide guidelines and set ethical standards in this area.In addition to endorsing the steps recommended by the authors, I suggest the following:

  1. Professional societies should discourage the "wining and dining" that occurs at the sites of all conventions. While there is no legal framework under which this could be implemented, simple requests made by professional organizations to their membership and to the pharmaceutical companies would have a salutary