Isn’t it Time to Stop Accepting Handouts for our Educational Efforts?


 

KM Tan, MD

Spring 2009 - Volume 13 Number 2

https://doi.org/10.7812/TPP/09-010

The drip-drip-drip method of torture mistakenly attributed to the Chinese but more accurately Italian in origin1 has proven pervasive and persuasive over the past year as more and more reports of prominent and preeminent physicians failing to report substantial amounts of money from pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies hit the media.

The raison d’être of drug companies is to maximize profits for their shareholders. This has led to an ongoing ethical conflict between marketing departments whose sole purpose is to increase sales versus the pharmaceutical companies’ educational departments where distinct separation of provided commercial support from the intent and content of educational interventions is considered paramount.

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