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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: While I strongly support Dr Kassirer's1 view that it is wrong to accept perks from the pharmaceutical industry, should prestigious journals, such as the one that Dr Kassirer edited, act as well-paid conduits for drug advertisements? Readers have been told that their subscription fee pays for the journal,2 so the advertising money turns into a pure perk, bonus, or cold cash for someone. Maybe medical journals should no longer accept any advertisements for drugs and let pure science speak for itself: if drugs are well studied and the results appropriately published, they will be properly used, even without expensive and glitzy ads.