The seminars of the pharmaceutical industry organize the business


Pharmaceutical industry seminars formally educate doctors, and unofficially organize the sale of their drugs ...

The pharmaceutical industry has been doing this for years and all over the world; officially to educate doctors, unofficially to convince them to prescribe more their drugs… Today, the practice the seminars sponsored by the companies and by “specialists” are criticized as disguised salesmen… And this happens even in the world in boom in medical cannabis ...

The disguised salesmen of the pharmaceutical industry

The agenda highlights the academic and health affiliations of the “internationally renowned” speakers, but fails to mention that almost all of them have ties to cannabis companies, pharmaceutical companies or private clinics…

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The “Shoppers Drug Mart” chains have received distribution authorization from Health Canada; and currently organize many seminars ...

In the pharmaceutical industry, the main opinion leaders can win 2 000 $ ou much more by conference. According to National Post, this development seems to favor the big corporations of medical cannabis; and makes critics fear the influence of big pharmaceutical companies on doctors.

“I think this is a serious problem,” said Dr. Joel Lexchin, health policy specialist and emergency room physician in Toronto. “It is absolutely necessary for doctors to learn how to correctly prescribe cannabis for medical purposes. But it shouldn't be paid for by the people who profit from the increased sales. "

Point of view of pharmaceutical lobbies

Sessions entitled " Medical cannabis: the future is now Have already taken place in Calgary and Vancouver (always organized with a "welcome reception"). Resellers defend these events as a means of injecting scientific know-how into this booming market…

“Recreational cannabis is now more accessible and available than medical cannabis. This increases the risk that patients can and will want to self-medicate, ”said Catherine Thomas, a spokesperson for the pharmacy chain. “Ultimately, we believe that the best way to help patients who are looking to use this therapy is to educate healthcare professionals. "

Dealers like "Shoppers Drug Mart" received a cannabis production license from Health Canada in September. What should be the first step towards sale by pharmacies. Indeed, the pharmaceutical industry is pressuring the federal government to let pharmacists distribute medical cannabis.

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Sanofi (French company) with many patents around medical cannabis, on tour in Algeria ...

Seminars for physician education?

Industry-funded presentations represent a large part of the continuing medical education that physicians receive. And it is often because no one else will pay for this training ... number of studies have, however, shown that they encourage less optimal prescription, while encouraging doctors to turn to the products of the promoter.

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Example of a seminar organized by a pharmaceutical laboratory, in Barcelona ...

These seminars are billed as a way for medical professionals to better understand the latest research on cannabis. And, supposedly to learn how to apply them correctly to patients, in order to get practical advice. But, what they probably won't hear (like now in France) is skepticism from experts about cannabis. described as a medicinal plant, or as a simple therapy.

Following the National Post article, none of the doctors contacted were available for comment… But online research reveals that most of them have paid jobs in the pharmaceutical industry…

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