The ethics of pharmaceutical industry relationships with medical students

Wendy A. Rogers*, Peter R. Mansfield, Annette J. Braunack-Mayer, Jon N. Jureidini

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■ Little research has been done on the extent of the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and medical students, and the effect on the student of receiving gifts. ■ Potential harms to patients are documented elsewhere; we focus on potential harms to students. ■ Students who receive gifts may believe that they are receiving something for nothing, contributing to a sense of entitlement that is not in the best interests of their moral development as doctors. ■ Alternatively, students may be subject to recognised or unrecognised reciprocal obligations that potentially influence their decision making. ■ Medical educators have a duty of care to protect students from influence by pharmaceutical companies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-414
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

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