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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 3003

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Publication type: Journal Article

Pyeritz RE.
The burden of junk mail
New England Journal of Medicine 1979; 301:866


During a one year period the author received a total of 1023 pieces of unsolicited mail weighing 93.2 kg and costs $94.07 in postage. These costs are passed on to the consumer. The author has decided to burn all unsolicited mail.

*letter to the editor/United States/direct mail/doctors/consumer drug prices/attitude toward promotion/ATTITUDES REGARDING PROMOTION: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS/EVALUATION OF PROMOTION: DIRECT MAIL/INFLUENCE OF PROMOTION: CONSUMER DRUG COSTS


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