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November 16, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(11):1459-1460. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290099012

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Just prior to the American Medical Association 1957 Annual Meeting, The Journal (May 25, 1957, page 418) discussed the supplying of professional drug samples to physicians attending medical conventions. In general, the greatest hazard seems to be having potent drugs fall into wrong or unauthorized hands. The Medical Exhibitor's Association, as much concerned with potential dangers to the public health as are the medical profession and the Food and Drug Administration, proposed its own "no sampling" procedure. Pharmaceutical companies could, at their own option, have used the official placard which stated:

Welcome Doctor  For your convenience, samples and literature will be delivered to your home or office as you request.After the New York meeting, a questionnaire was mailed to every physician who registered, and one bit of information solicited was a personal opinion concerning the distribution policy on samples and literature. On the basis of the more than 8,000

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