Pharmaceutical Promotions--a Free Lunch?
Waud, Douglas R.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1992 Jul 30; 327(5): 351-353.
Some time ago it came to the attention of our Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee that some faculty members were sponsoring drug fairs....Since this activity seemed somewhat out of line with earlier views of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, a task force was set up to look into the issues that arise in the general context of a drug fair. It was decided as well to look more generally at the interactions between faculty members and the drug industry. At the outset of the task force's deliberations it became quite clear that there was a tremendous spread of opinion about the relationship between physicians and the drug industry. We all agreed that drug fairs should be proscribed. But then we considered activities that should be permitted, but with strings attached. Here I began to differ from my colleagues. After I had indicted the general nature of my position it became clear that we would not be able to proceed at all unless I wrote a minority report....This is the substance of my report....