In an article released today by The New England Journal of Medicine (Physician–Industry Relationships ), it looks as if things haven't changed all that much. In a national survey of 3,167 physicians, the authors report that 94 percent reported receiving gifts of some kind.
- 83% received food in the workplace
- 78% received drug samples
- 35% received reimbursement for costs associated with professional meetings or continuing medical education
- 28% received payments for consulting, giving lectures, or enrolling patients in trials
- 7% received tickets to cultural or sporting events
You can read The New England Journal of Medicine article at Physician–Industry Relationships .
You can purchase my August 2002 article from The New York Times archives at THE RIGHT THING; Just Saying No to Gifts From Drug Makers. (If you are a college student or professor with an .edu address, you should be able to access this as well as other Times-Select articles for free.)
Joe Fahy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote about the NEJM findings this morning at Most doctors still take gifts from drug, device firms. And Denise Gellene wrote about it in the Los Angeles Times at Doctor freebies common, study says.