Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Survey says...clinicians still love pharma perks

Medical centers may ban them...
Med schools may rule against them...
Congress may investigate them...

...but pharma perks are still popular among clinicians.

This according to a new study published over the summer in JAMA. A survey of faculty and trainees in the The Mount Sinai School of Medicine consortium in the New York area found that attitudes toward industry and pharma items were generally positive.

In fact, 72.2 percent of participants found sponsored lunches appropriate. Notably, 74.6 percent found large gifts unacceptable.

As in previous surveys, most believed that OTHER physicians were more likely to be influenced by gifts and food from industry than they were.

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