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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 2156

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Publication type: Journal Article

Jureidini J, Mansfield P.
Does drug promotion adversely influence doctors’ abilities to make the best decisions for patients?
Australasian Psychiatry 2001; 9:95-99
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/full/10.1046/j.1440-1665.2001.00313.x?prevSearch=allfield%3A%28Jureidini+J+and+Mansfield+P%29


Abstract:

Aim: To increase awareness amongst psychiatrists and trainees of the effects of pharmaceutical promotion and to stimulate careful evaluation of the relationships between psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry.

Method: Key findings from the literature and from 20 years experience with the Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing are summarised.

Results: The relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies is shown to be problematic in a way that might negatively impact on patient care.

Conclusions: Patients may benefit if individual psychiatrists, and the profession as a whole, develop more healthy scepticism about the harm to benefit ratios of relationships with the pharmaceutical industry.

 

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