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Publication type: Journal Article

Ross JS, Nazem AG, Lurie P, Lackner JE, Krumholz HM.
Updated Estimates of Pharmaceutical Company Payments to Physicians in Vermont
JAMA 2008 Nov 5; 300:(17):1998-2000
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/300/17/1998-a?etoc


Abstract:

Our methods have been described previously.1 Vermont law requires disclosure of payments of $25 or more.2 We categorized each payment by recipient and purpose; recipient names were typically not disclosed as part of the settlement. We conducted a descriptive analysis, summarizing all payments over the study period stratified by whether or not they were initially designated trade secret. We focused on payments of $100 or more because these exceed guidelines by the American Medical Association and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for gifts . . .

 

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Cases of wilful misrepresentation are a rarity in medical advertising. For every advertisement in which nonexistent doctors are called on to testify or deliberately irrelevant references are bunched up in [fine print], you will find a hundred or more whose greatest offenses are unquestioning enthusiasm and the skill to communicate it.

The best defence the physician can muster against this kind of advertising is a healthy skepticism and a willingness, not always apparent in the past, to do his homework. He must cultivate a flair for spotting the logical loophole, the invalid clinical trial, the unreliable or meaningless testimonial, the unneeded improvement and the unlikely claim. Above all, he must develop greater resistance to the lure of the fashionable and the new.
- Pierre R. Garai (advertising executive) 1963