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Professional Medical Judgment And Pharmaceutical Marketing: Drawing Legal And Ethical Lines Around Conflict Of Interest, Steven R. Salbu Feb 2021

Professional Medical Judgment And Pharmaceutical Marketing: Drawing Legal And Ethical Lines Around Conflict Of Interest, Steven R. Salbu

William & Mary Business Law Review

Pharmaceutical manufacturers develop relationships with healthcare providers for several purposes, including the marketing and sale of their products. Professional associations give guidance to physicians and companies for managing these relationships ethically. Some practices permitted by these associations entail conflicts of interest. This Article explores two of these practices: (i) company funding of external educational seminars, conferences, and continuing medical education; and (ii) company-hosted speaker programs. The conflict of interest concerns raised by the former practice are manageable, and the practice should continue to be permitted subject to appropriate safeguards; however, the conflict of interest concerns raised by the latter practice …