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November 12, 2003

Psychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug CompaniesPsychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug Companies

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2404-2405. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2404-a

To the Editor: In response to the article by Mr Dana and Dr Loewenstein,1 I believe practicing physicians are the true drug company representatives. We are the ones who interface with the drug company customer (ie, the patient). We hear complaints about the costs of their medications and all of their adverse effects. We assist them in compiling records of adverse effects. We therefore provide the pharmaceutical industry with a valuable service.