A new study has found that virtually all doctors report some kind of relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. The relationships vary depending on the kind of medical practice and specialty, the patient mix, and the professional activities of the physician. One review found that on average, physicians meet with industry representatives four times a month and medical residents accept six gifts annually from industry representatives. Doctors in solo, two-person, or group practices met more frequently with industry representatives than did physicians practicing in hospitals and clinics.
This study highlights the ingrained connection between pharmaceutical companies and physicians. This pharmaceutical influence undoubtedly affects a physician’s choice in the procedures they perform, medical devices they use, and drugs they prescribe to their patients.
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