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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: Mr Dana and Dr Loewenstein1 concluded that pharmaceutical industry gifts to physicians should be banned.

As they stated, the evidence is clear: pharmaceutical gifts influence physician behavior, often by steering physicians away from the most cost-efficient treatment. We at the American Medical Student Association are also concerned that the ubiquitous pens and office supplies bearing the mark of pharmaceutical companies degrades the professionalism of physicians in the eyes of their patients.

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