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Publication type: Journal Article

Spiro M.
Genentech, Inc, and symposium sponsorship.
Ann Emerg Med 1989 Aug; 18:(8):908-9


The publication of the proceedings of symposium on thrombolysis sponsored by Genentech raises a couple of concerns: 1) does the excessive marketing of tPA by Genentech increase the cost of the drug; 2) how valid are the recommendations of a symposium that is sponsored by a company that has a definite secondary financial gain in the results of the same symposium

*letter to the editor/United States/ drug company sponsored guidelines/ sponsored symposia & conferences/ consumer drug prices/ Genentech/INFLUENCE OF PROMOTION: CONSUMER DRUG COSTS/PROMOTION DISGUISED: CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS/PROMOTION DISGUISED: PHYSICIAN EDUCATION MATERIAL AND GUIDELINES/PROMOTIONAL TECHNIQUES: PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS OF MEETINGS Congresses Costs and Cost Analysis Drug Industry* Humans Tissue Plasminogen Activator*


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- William Osler 1909