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What do medical students think about pharmaceutical promotion?

From: Jacqui Murdoch May 12, 2010 at 9:22pm
Subject: May Phast Phacts of the Month

Hi Pharma Phacters

In the recent survey that we sent out to med students around Australia you asked for more evidence about the issues of pharmaceutical marketing to students. Well, you asked for it, you got it!

Dave Carmody - an active Pharma Phacter - has published a review article in the new Australian Medical Student Journal – the national peer-reviewed biomedical journal for students. The review article entitled “What do medical students think about pharmaceutical promotion?” aimed to produce an overview of surveys of medical students’ exposure to and attitudes towards pharmaceutical promotion.

Dave examined the results of 14 papers and made the following conclusions from the literature:

• Many medical students think that pharmaceutical promotion is biased.
• Many medical students feel under-prepared for interactions with the pharmaceutical industry.
• Despite this, medical students accept exposure to pharmaceutical promotion believing it will not influence them.
• There is scope for improved education in medical schools about this issue.

You can read Dave’s article online here:

Or download it to keep from here:

Enjoy your Autumn!

PS If anyone wants to get up to something a little bit cheeky and give us a hand with our next project, please send us an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We especially need helpers from ACT, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

Carmody D, Mansfield P. What do medical students think about pharmaceutical promotion? Australian Medical Student Journal. 2010 April; 1(1):54-7.



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