at your own institution, hospital, or practice. Voice
your displeasure about drug company sponsored lunches and
conferences. Talk to your Department Chair, Program Director,
or Medical Director. Cite
the evidence that pharmaceutical
promotion works, and often does not promote good practice. If
you see reps flouting policies at your hospital or practice
(e.g., accessing off-limit areas, cornering residents or
students, leaving materials (or gifts) behind where they
shouldn't, let someone know
about it. If you attend drug
lunches, ask for evidence. If you must eat, avoid uncooked
please, no pens (if it's pens you need, please
let us know). Encourage residents to do the same.
role modeling-- particularly regarding the non-acceptance
and non-usage of gifts--can go a
long way. Talk to your
office staff (who are a major target of drug reps); explain
to them why this
is not a trivial issue, and why they too
should just say no!
Hold your own lunches; provide, in addition to food, articles
and information about drug company influence. We
can provide you with the evidence, as well as pens, buttons,
and even coffee mugs
for this purpose.
Noon conferences, Grand Rounds, whatever . See our ready-to-use
downloadable slide presentation
(also available on CD-Rom).
to any medical organizations to which you belong (and even
to those you don't); let them know how
you feel about pharmaceutical
company funding and participation at their meetings.
what you're doing; give us suggestions; help others do
the same. You can make a big difference!
No Free Lunch . Add your voice to ours!