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Drug company influence extends to nurses, pharmacists, and patient groups

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 20 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1206
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The influence of pharmaceutical companies extends far beyond doctors, with its authority growing among nurses and pharmacists as well as patient groups, MPs heard last week.

    Speaking at the third public session of the House of Commons Health Committee's inquiry into the influence of the drug companies, Matt Griffiths, senior charge nurse and joint prescribing adviser at the Royal College of Nursing, told MPs how interest from pharmaceutical companies in nursing had increased since nurses gained the right to prescribe.

    As well as sponsoring meetings for nurses, pharmaceutical companies were active in running educational “diploma” courses for nurses on conditions such as …

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