Physicians and Pharmaceutical Companies(Medical Horizons)

Aly A. Misha'l


Worldwide there is growing concern about unhealthy trends in relationships between medical practitioners and firms that manufacture or market drugs and other medically related industries.

Various financial associations of physicians with these firms have posed genuine concerns about conflicts of interest, breach of patient confidence and other ethical issues.

Many publications and forums have discussed this issue over the past decade. Pharmaceutical industry payments to physicians have taken forms of various gifts, meals, sponsoring of various trips to attend professional or non-professional activities, direct payments in return to lectures, consultations, membership in advisory boards, conducting continuous medical education and advertisements.

Not only that, but incentives have expanded to conducting company-sponsored research that may favor their products.

Other forms of financial entanglements include various support to medical institutions, medical journals and publications.

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