Small presents, big effects Volume 11, issue 5, Mai 2015

IMG1 Étudiante en 1er semestre de DES de médecine générale

It has been shown in several studies that the “small gifts” from pharmaceutical industries have an influence on the prescriptions. These present are given in order to implement a false feeling of security concerning a potential influence. Residents, as future prescribers are an important target for laboratories.

I have seen that in our faculty, teaching was done in favor of autonomy towards pharmaceutical companies and on a free will based on independent research. But what should be done if the courses offered to the students require from us (or at least recommend us heavily) a training issued by the laboratories?