Doctors behaving badly?

Martin H N Tattersall and Ian H Kerridge
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00579.x
Published online: 18 September 2006

It is in doctors’ and the drug industry’s best interests that their interactions be openly declared

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Pharmaceutical companies lavish meals, five-star travel, cash and gifts on doctors for one reason: to encourage them to prescribe their drugs. The standard retort from the medical profession is that doctors have sufficient clinical objectivity — and personal integrity — not to be so crudely swayed. Perhaps so.1

  • Martin H N Tattersall1
  • Ian H Kerridge2

  • 1 Department of Cancer Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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