Is This Ethical?
April 28, 2007
Seems to me that this creates a huge conflict of interest issue which may interfere with providing proper and adequate medical care.
Perhaps this is a good time to review the Principles of Medical Ethics.
Most physicians (94 percent) reported some type of relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. Most of these relationships involved receiving food in the workplace (83 percent) or receiving drug samples (78 percent).
More than one-third of the respondents (35 percent) were reimbursed for costs associated with professional meetings or continuing medical education, while more than one-quarter (28 percent) were paid for consulting, delivering lectures or enrolling patients in clinical trials.
Cardiologists were more than twice as likely as family practitioners to receive payments, although family practitioners met more frequently with industry representatives than did physicians in other specialties.
Doctors in solo, two-person or group practices met more frequently with industry representatives than did physicians practicing in hospitals and clinics.