Australian docs launch anti-pharma rep campaign
October 10, 2014
But the way the Australian Medical Association (AMA) sees it, drug companies make valuable contributions, both monetary and otherwise, to the medical world.
“Our world revolves around education and information and the pharmaceutical companies are an important source of money for research, so every Australian will benefit from that research and pharmaceutical promotion,” AMA rep Dr. Brian Morton told ABC.
Other objectors share some of the same views held by those who caution not to put too much stock into Sunshine Act numbers. How much influence can drug reps actually have on highly educated physicians? critics have asked. Morton, for one, called the NAP campaign “insulting to doctors” and “also rather naïve.”
Yet more and more doctors, for a variety of reasons, are starting to side with NAP, putting the pressure on pharma marketers to find different ways to get their messages across. According to a recent report from ZS Associates, almost half of all doctors bar pharma reps in some way. And some studies have shown that doctors are indeed influenced by relationships with reps–enough to change their prescribing habits.
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