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Old 17th August 2008, 05:43 PM
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Free Drug Samples:
The Sales Rep's Last Great Hope?
Survey Results and Discussion of Issues

According to some sales reps, as of Jan 1 2009 -- when PhRMA's new Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals becomes effective -- pharmaceutical reps will no longer be "permitted" to deliver any marketing materials to healthcare professionals, which would make free drug samples the only real form of in-office marketing.

Obviously, sales reps consider free drug samples an important marketing tactic that they can employ to gain access to physicians. In 2005, the pharmaceutical industry distributed more than $18 billion worth of drug samples.

But critics are concerned that drug samples increase costs, raise questions about the appropriateness of treatment choices, and create real or perceived conflicts of interest in the medical profession.

Between August 16, 2008 and November 13, 2008, Pharma Marketing News hosted a "Pharmaceutical Sampling Practices Survey" that asked respondents their opinions of drug sampling issues and whether or not the distribution of free drug samples should be banned. The results of this survey are summarized in this article.

Topic headings include:
  • Physicians Urged to Boycott Samples
  • Sample Safety Issues
  • Conflict of Interest Issues
  • Do Samples Increase Drug Costs?
  • Getting Around Formularies
  • Do Samples Help Indigent Patients
  • Are Samples Helpful in Prescribing the Correct Medication?
  • Physicians Value Samples, But...
  • Do Samples Increase Access and Benefit Sales?
  • Should Samples Be Banned?
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Old 5th March 2010, 04:00 AM
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Well, I don't see any reason to ban these samples..rather these samples are quite helpful, for the doctor's and customers..So . it will not be a good idea to ban these free samples...
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Old 29th March 2010, 10:27 AM
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Drugs sample provision should not be banned, because may be it has many demerits as you mention above but we should not overlook its merits as it will not only help for a physician to prescribe "sophisticated" medicine to cure disease but it also going to boost a healthy competition among pharma industries.
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Old 14th May 2010, 02:44 PM
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Banning samples of pharma products is not a very wise step, Drug free sample should be there, so as to test the effectiveness of medicines...
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Old 30th August 2010, 12:33 AM
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Free samples of Drugs - I don't thinks its an any problem with banning the free drugs, free samples its a good idea for reaching customer and find their reviews on particular drugs, its best way to check the quality of the drug.
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Old 23rd September 2010, 04:32 AM
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I think free drug sample s should not be is good way to promote their products.
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Old 7th December 2010, 03:39 AM
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We can get good information about various drugs by free drugs promotion... I think this idea is good for both(customer and seller)

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Old 10th January 2011, 01:27 AM
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Today, drugs is a need of healthy body. We can stay healthy with the help of health diet, regular exercise, daily walking etc. But some time drugs are very essential with healthy diet for keeping healthy body. For ex. generic viagra is a medicine which is used for treating male impotence. Thanks
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Old 1st March 2011, 11:18 PM
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Its No used by banning free drug samples.
Its essential now days as per marketing purpose.
If free drug sample having no side effects and FDA approved then its good to provide free drug sample.

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Old 7th March 2011, 10:03 PM
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I can see the points for each on this. I was in the medical field for a number of years working in the emergency rooms. We were asked on a regular basis fro free samples since many patients that we worked with could not afford their own.

I don't think that using samples hinders a doctors choice in what meds he will prescribe, or what meds the patient will take. As far as increasing the costs, I don't see that either. Many drug reps have other things that they spend money on as well that costs just as much.

In the long run, I can only see the benefits of using samples, and don't see a reason to ban the use of them.
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Old 29th March 2011, 01:12 AM
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Free samples are great help for doctors as well as customers and i think they should not be banned
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Old 16th March 2012, 05:57 AM
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Default Should Free Drug Samples Be Banned?

Hello friends ,

I think there is no problem for selling free drug samples . It is Good for Marketing .

Thanks !!
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