“psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty … For instance, the more psychiatrists have earned from drug makers, the more they have prescribed a new class of powerful medicines known as atypical antipsychotics to children, for whom the drugs are especially risky and mostly unapproved.” –  New York Times, June 27, 2007,  Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker Gifts

Minnesota, Wisconsin and other states are cracking down on gifts to doctors.  What about your state?

Ask your state’s psychiatric society and medical society if they have plans to ban gifts to all doctors.  You can find contact info here:
State Psychiatric Societies: http://onlineapa.psych.org/listing/
Read:
Minnesota Star Tribune
U Medical School plan: Ban all gifts to doctors

By JANET MOORE, Star Tribune
October 21, 2008

The University of Minnesota Medical School is considering a new conflict-of-interest policy so strict that doctors wouldn’t even be able to accept Post-it Notes bearing a drug company’s logo.

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The Capital Times
Wisconsin group bars doctors from accepting gifts
Associated Press
10/16/2008
The largest association of medical doctors in Wisconsin is barring its members from accepting gifts from drug companies, following a national trend to limit conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
Read more here

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