Research Article: Doctors and Drug Companies: Still Cozy after All These Years

Date Published: November 2, 2010

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): David Henry

Abstract: David Henry discusses a research article by Geoffrey Spurling and colleagues that examined the relationship between exposure to promotional material from pharmaceutical companies and the quality, quantity, and cost of prescribing.

Partial Text: The relationships between doctors and drug companies are controversial and have long been scrutinized by researchers, ethicists, professional bodies, and legislators [1]. In recent years, growing concerns about these ties, and allegations of some corrupt practices, have engendered a large amount of coverage in the media and professional journals [2]–[4].



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