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The physician and the pharmaceutical industry

G. D. Ravindran


Abstract

The drug industry, the medical profession and the patient have a unique relationship. The industry makes products which it cannot sell to the patient (consumer) directly. On the other hand, the medical profession cannot treat the patient without drugs produced by the industry. Thus the industry and medical profession are interdependent with a common aim. One should be able to evaluate them according to the principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, patient autonomy and justice. The industry must provide drugs to the patient, not manufacture drugs that have harmful effects. It must make reasonable profits and to help in the research of newer drugs.

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