Pharmaceutical freebies may harm children

2019-03-01 04:13:04

THE practice of using free drug samples to treat some children in the US may be causing more harm than good. In many countries, doctors are allowed to obtain free samples of new drugs from companies so that they can familiarise themselves and their patients with them. Critics argue that this can divert prescribing away from the best clinical practice. A team led by Sarah Cutrona of the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts has now revealed the extent to which free drug samples are given to children in the US. In 2004, 4.9 per cent of the 10,