Pharmacists’ and Doctors’ Perception of Pharmaceutical Representative’s Ethical Practices of Drug Promotion in Romania. A Comparative Study | Laszlo-Zoltan SZTANKOVSZKY
Camelia SOPONARU, Magdalena IORGA & Vasile ASTARASTOAE
Abstract: The purpose of the study is to identify perception of doctors and pharmacists on drug promotion practices adopted by pharmaceutical representatives. Material and Methods: A total of 72 pharmacists and 65 doctors responded to a questionnaire about their perceptions on drug promotion practices by pharmaceutical representatives, both in relation to pharmacists and doctors in the relationship. Variables such as age, work environment (urban, rural), seniority, were considered. Of all pharmacists who responded to the questionnaire, a percentage of 47.8% say they have no information about the existence of an ethical code of the pharmaceutical company, and 52.1% believe that there is such a code. Pharmacists estimated that over 75% of pharmaceutical representatives promote clearly the products; the information provided is accurate, complete and balanced enough to compete. Meanwhile, the percent estimated by doctors is 73%. Informal gifts are more often offered to doctors, in both category’s opinion. Conclusion: medical doctors have a more positive evaluation about pharmaceutical representative’s attitude than pharmacists.
Keywords: pharmacist, doctor, pharmaceutical representative, ethics.
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