Living with the Drug Industry

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Abstract

To the editor: In his article “Problems of Antibiotic Usage” in the November 1978 issue (1), Dr. Kunin has articulated the sometimes cozy relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the physician. But has he addressed the root of the problem?

Perhaps an accurate analogy in this post-Watergate era would be to compare the physician with a Congressman. Put simply, both are chosen by the public to spend its money wisely. Would not the public be suspicious if a congressman had just returned from an all-expense-paid trip provided by a special interest group and then proceeded to cast a vote affecting

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