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More than 90% of US doctors receive favours from drug companies

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:869
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    Ties between American doctors and the drug and medical devices industries are ubiquitous, concludes a large national US survey of doctors.

    An analysis of the 1662 responses to the survey, which was supported by the non-profit Institute on Medicine as a Profession, found that 94% of respondents reported some form of relationship with drug companies (New England Journal of Medicine 2007;356:1742-50). The most common benefits of such relationships were receiving food in the workplace (reported by 83% of respondents) and receiving free drug samples (78%), while more than a third (35%) were reimbursed for attending professional meetings or training, and a quarter (28%) were compensated for consulting or enrolling patients in clinical trials that were beyond …

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