Assuming the authenticity of the emails, this post highlights some important points
- Pharmaceutical companies pay physicians to speak as a way to market their products
- Physicians can make considerable amounts of money doing so
Thus, as I have said before, physicians who are paid part-time to give talks to help market drugs should make that fact clear when they give these talks. If they would be embarassed to do so, then maybe they should be embarassed to give such talks.
Finally, giving such marketing talks without acknowledging their purpose is a form of stealth marketing, and is inherently dishonest both for physicians involved and the companies that pay them.
Challenge to the audience: what are other words for dishonest marketing?