Newsletter #74–November/December 2002
Letter to the Editor
Diane de Lara’s article
“Exhibitionist Behavior” [September/October] was a delight to read. I
have attended many medical and other meetings and found [the American
Society of Clinical Oncology] to be the absolute worst offender. The
gifts and giveaways are huge, and everyone wants them.
company representatives offer another tote bag to an attendee at the
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (Photo: Ann Fonfa)
Lara asks, “Are the high prices we pay for drugs subsidizing this
pageantry?” the answer is a resounding yes. Add to that the money spent
for direct-to-consumer advertising, and their support of advocacy and
patient groups for all diseases all over the world, and you find an
awful lot of excess profit.
Meanwhile, Congress continues to
discuss subsidies so elder Americans can afford their pharmaceutical
medications. Hey, lowering prices might work.
Ann Fonfa, Founder
The Annie Appleseed Project
New York, NY
Pharmaceutical company representatives offer
another tote bag to an attendee at the San Antonio Breast Cancer