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JAMA. 1997 Jul 9;278(2):141-3.

Personal use of drug samples by physicians and office staff.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver 80220, USA. westfalj@centaur.uhcolorado.edu

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Pharmaceutical samples are commonly used in ambulatory care settings. There is limited research on their use or impact on health care providers and patients.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the extent of personal use of drug samples over a 1-year period by physicians and medical office staff.

DESIGN, SUBJECTS, AND SETTING:

An anonymous cross-sectional survey of all physicians, resident physicians, nursing staff, and office staff in a family practice residency.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Quantity of drug samples taken for personal or family use.

RESULTS:

Of 55 surveys issued, 53 (96%) were returned. A total of 230 separate drug samples were reported taken in amounts ranging from 1 dose to greater than 1 month's supply. Two respondents reported no use of drug samples, while 4 respondents reported taking more than 10 different samples.

CONCLUSION:

Drug samples are commonly taken by physicians and office staff for personal and family use. The ethical implications of this practice warrant further discussion.

PMID:
9214530
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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