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January 10, 2001

Free Meals From the Pharmaceutical Industry

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

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

To the Editor: I concur with Dr Kassirer's1 concern over the provision of free food and other gifts to residents at teaching institutions by the pharmaceutical industry. As a resident in an administrative position in a neurology training program, I have been startled by the level of interest of these companies in the marketing of new drugs to residents. The rationale for accepting these gifts is that residents need to be aware of new treatments and that we are far too clever and incisive to favor a drug because of generous gifts and the sunny disposition of a sales representative. I think that the drug industry would respond that "we are too concerned with our profits to believe you."