22 January 2008

Conflict of Interest at the Docs

A Duluth health system got rid of all their pharmaceutical-supplied mugs, pads, etc., and shipped them to Cameroon. Twenty shopping carts worth. Here's the story.

Why? "The backlash against the cozy relationships between doctors and drug makers gained steam from article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006. It said research had shown that even cheap gifts, such as pens, can affect doctors' prescribing decisions."

(Thanks Eliza. It is a small step..)

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