Drug sampling in dermatology

Title

Drug sampling in dermatology

Creator

Reid E E; Alikhan A; Brodell R T

Publisher

Clinics in Dermatology

Date

2012
2012-03

Description

The use of drug samples in a dermatology clinic is controversial. Drug samples are associated with influencing physician prescribing patterns often toward costlier drugs, increasing health care costs, increasing waste, inducing potential conflicts of interest, and decreasing the quality of patient education. On the other hand, they have the potential to help those in financial need, to improve adherence and convenience, and to expose patients to better drugs. Although some academic centers have banned drug samples altogether, many academic and private practices continue to distribute drug samples. Given the controversy of the topic, physicians who wish to distribute drug samples must do so in an ethical manner. We believe, when handled properly, drug sampling can be used in an ethical manner. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Subject

biomedical industry; company representatives; conflict-of-interest; Dermatology; educational intervention; medical-students exposure; national-survey; pharmaceutical sales representatives; physician-industry relations; prescribing behavior; residency programs

Format

Journal Article

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Rights

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Pages

192-201

Issue

2

Volume

30

Citation

Reid E E; Alikhan A; Brodell R T, “Drug sampling in dermatology,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 20, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6856.

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