AAFP Statement: AAFP Congratulates PhRMA on Promoting Industry Responsibility
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 02, 2002
Warren A. Jones, M.D.
“The AAFP accepts the AMA’s Principles of Medical Ethics as our ethical guidelines on what gifts physicians should accept from industry. It is heartening to see PhRMA promoting industry responsibility with its Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals.
“As a physician, my primary responsibility is to patients. I monitor my interactions with pharmaceutical companies with this in mind. PhRMA’s new code promotes their understanding of appropriate interactions by stating, ‘Interaction should focus on informing the healthcare professional…to maximize patient benefits.’
“By keeping patients foremost in our dealings, physicians and pharmaceutical companies can work together to provide better health care for all.”
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