A Proposal for the Prevention of Ethical Problems Related to Drug Promotion: A National Network for Drug Information


TURK PSIKIYATRI DERGISI, vol.19, no.3, pp.310-317, 2008 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.310-317
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The promotional activities of pharmaceutical companies are becoming an increasingly hot topic among healthcare workers and the general public. There are many studies in the literature claiming that drug promotion may lead to ethical problems, irrational use of medication, and increased costs, as well as negative effects on the patient-physician relationship and the medical profession. When considering that healthcare workers generally acquire their knowledge from the pharmaceutical industry, the problems mentioned, which are indeed of paramount importante, and the need for effective and sustainable interventions are clearly revealed. Many kinds of interventions have been recommended by various authorities and studies in order to prevent the kinds of problems mentioned above, including training healthcare workers, publishing professional codes to serve as guidelines about which professional values should be protected and how to cope with different situations in relationship to the pharmaceutical industry, or applying the business ethics codes of the pharmaceutical companies. Studies that assessed the effectiveness of different interventions, however revealed that educating healthcare workers about marketing methods and state regulations are the only effective interventions.