Limiting The Influence Of Drug Companies On Medical Decision Makers

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Conflict-of-interest policies now restrict interactions between drug sales representatives and doctors and it is a good idea because it helps make certain that doctors make patient care decisions in the best interest of the patient alone.

But, there is disturbing news from UCSF where a review of 15 studies showed that non-physicians – nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists continue to receive gifts and free meals from the industry.

The concept of reducing gifts has been helpful, at the very least, from the standpoint of perception when it comes to physicians and the thought is that, as medical care becomes more collaborative involving health professionals from various medical groups. that similar steps are taken.

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