Arabian nights-1001 tales of how pharmaceutical companies cater to the material needs of doctors: case report.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To describe how pharmaceutical companies cater to the material needs of doctors. DESIGN Case report of memoirs. SETTING Facilities that have nothing to do with medicine, somewhere in the Arabian peninsula. PATIENT POPULATION Random sample of doctors. INTERVENTIONS Promotion by the pharmaceutical industry. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Short term outcomes were travel, pleasure, amusement, and gifts, and long term outcomes were the market share of specific companies. RESULTS Short term outcomes were heterogeneous, underlying the diversity of the means employed by the pharmaceutical industry to subvert, divert, and influence medical practice. Overall, 200 doctors were dressed in white gowns, a doctor in preventive medicine quoted Hippocrates in favour of smoking, a senior doctor became a poet, a doctor trying to understand the Methods section of a poster paper wondered whether he should have been sunbathing at the beach instead, and two women doctors were kidnapped by Bedouin warriors. Long term outcomes on the sales of the company drugs are pending but are likely to be most favourable. CONCLUSIONS Eat, drink, be merry, and boost prescriptions.

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@article{Giannakakis2000ArabianNT, title={Arabian nights-1001 tales of how pharmaceutical companies cater to the material needs of doctors: case report.}, author={Ioannis Giannakakis and John P. A. Ioannidis}, journal={BMJ}, year={2000}, volume={321 7276}, pages={1563-4} }