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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 520

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Publication type: Journal Article

Shear NH, Black F, Lexchin J.
Physician-detailer interaction—II.
Can J Clin Pharmacol 1997; 4:(1):10


As an academic Jeffries is exposed to a different level of detailing than community physicians. Community-based practitioners generally agree that the video describes the interaction correctly. When we challenge the practices of the pharmaceutical industry it is in order to lead to better prescribing. We feel that there cannot be an equal partnership between doctors and sales representatives if both parties do not have a complete understanding of the process. We did not describe physicians as “gullible sheep” but as people who don’t totally understand how the interaction works.

*letter to the editor sales representatives relationship between medical profession and industry doctors ATTITUDES REGARDING PROMOTION: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATING ABOUT PROMOTION: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PROMOTIONAL TECHNIQUES: DETAILING


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Email a Friend influence multinational corporations effectively, the efforts of governments will have to be complemented by others, notably the many voluntary organisations that have shown they can effectively represent society’s public-health interests…
A small group known as Healthy Skepticism; formerly the Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing) has consistently and insistently drawn the attention of producers to promotional malpractice, calling for (and often securing) correction. These organisations [Healthy Skepticism, Médecins Sans Frontières and Health Action International] are small, but they are capable; they bear malice towards no one, and they are inscrutably honest. If industry is indeed persuaded to face up to its social responsibilities in the coming years it may well be because of these associations and others like them.
- Dukes MN. Accountability of the pharmaceutical industry. Lancet. 2002 Nov 23; 360(9346)1682-4.