Recommended reading from Anne Taylor-Vaisey:J Bioeth Inq. 2005;2(2):75-81.
Banning all drug promotion is the best option pending major reforms.
Mansfield PR. Department of General Practice, University of Adelaide, Australia.
Drug promotion should be evaluated according to its impact on health, access to information, informed consent, and wealth. Drug promotion currently does more harm than good to each of these objectives because it is usually misleading. This is a systemic problem. Whilst improved regulation and education will address it to some degree, major reforms to payment systems for drug companies and doctors are also required. Until all these systemic reforms can be put in place, the best policy option is to ban the promotion of drugs to doctors and the public. Consequently, pending major reforms, it is appropriate for governments to restrict drug promotion as much as is politically achievable.
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