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Industry funded patient information and the slippery slope to New Zealand

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 04 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:694

Fewer pharmacists. More farm-assists.

I am not anti-pharmaceutical. As a physician, I recognize that pharmaceuticals have a place in health-care. However, I object to the cozy relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and physicians, in which the pharmaceutical industry provides physicians with "education" and "gifts." I also object to the dominant role of pharmaceuticals in health-care and patient education.

Since life is metabolism, and since metabolism depends on food and water, health-care should focus on food and water. Of course, this logic threatens the monopoly that the pharmaceutical industry enjoys over health-care. It is appalling that the pharmaceutical industry is making a fortune, while farmers are going bankrupt. Society needs fewer pharmacists and more "farm-assists."

Competing interests: None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 October 2007
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA