Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


No more free lunches

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1155

Rapid Response:

Doctors and Drug Companies

The relationship between Doctors and drug companies needs to be
strengthened but better regulated, and not severed as some are suggesting.
In an ideal world, Doctors should not have to rely on sponsorship by these
companies. In reality and as well in practice health care and medical
research is grossly underfunded by the government at all levels! We must
promote healthy competition amongst pharmaceutical companies in order to
ensure high standards and timely solutions to medical counundrums.
Doctors will continue work with one another to minimise bias arising from
any such relationship above.We shall continue to practice within the
framework of medical ethics to improve the nations health without
compromising on public trust.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 March 2004
Moses Abe
Clinical Reseach Fellow , Galway Fertility Unit
University College Hospital Galway Ireland