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:

what is the harm with it?

although it seems to be an intricate problem but what is the harm in
accepting free lunches unless one is too greedy about them?why should it
be impossible to maintain one's ethics even if one accepts some kind of
favor from a pharma company?one needn't overprescribe to show favor to a
company while one can very legitimately prescribe those drugs to a needy
patient.undue emphasis on a single product is a reprehensible act and
should be discouraged.accepting gifts from pharma cos. while making it
clear to them that no special favor will be bestowed to them shouldn't
pose to be a moral problem

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 May 2004
anshul avijit
intern in s.c.b medical college &hospital