The unethical relations between physicians and pharmaceutical companies have made front page news again — this time in The New York Times. The March 5 article, “Use of Painkiller Grows Quickly, Along With Widespread Abuse,” examines the high-pressure marketing tactics Purdue Pharma directed at doctors when promoting the narcotic painkiller OxyContin. These techniques, charge critics, resulted in physicians over-prescribing the drug and giving it to patients at high risk for abusing it. ...

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