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Letters Forever indebted to pharma

Clinical pharmacists help prescribers and patients make informed decisions

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 02 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2960
  1. Alice Victoria Gilbert, senior clinical pharmacist1
  1. 1Royal Darwin Hospital and Northern Territory Mental Health Service, Royal Darwin Hospital, Tiwi, NT 0810, Australia
  1. alice.gilbert{at}

McCartney reminds us that sweet temptations gifted with education by drug companies are never “free.”1

I am a pharmacist in a tertiary teaching hospital, in psychiatry. Aripiprazole long acting injection (ALAI) was recently added to the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). A pharmaceutical representative educated our prescribers on ALAI at the medical weekly meeting. The rep provided lunch.

Her opening line “I’m not here to sell anything, I am …

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