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January 10, 2001

Free Meals From the Pharmaceutical Industry

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(2):164-166. doi:10.1001/jama.285.2.163

To the Editor: Dr Kassirer1 is concerned about gifts to physicians from pharmaceutical companies. I agree with him completely and in my practice do not accept gifts or free meals from pharmaceutical companies. We do accept samples, which we dispense to patients who are having a difficult time paying for medications. However, Kassirer failed to address the fact that medical journals are supported by pharmaceutical company advertising. Without this source of revenue I believe all medical journals would probably cease to exist. Does this create a conflict of interest?