5/31/2011

Most medical students have had some type of contact with drug companies, most do not think there is an ethical conflict in accepting gifts from drugmakers and nearly two-thirds believe their impartiality is not compromised by interactions with sales reps, according to a Harvard study of 9,850 students at 76 U.S. medical schools. Medical schools should develop strategies to teach students about the effects of marketing and limit contact between students and drug company representatives, the study authors said.

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