Pharmaceutical company sponsorship of doctors: is gender equity a concern?

Barbara Mintzes and David B Menkes
Med J Aust 2023; 219 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.52088
Published online: 18 September 2023

Pharmaceutical companies often provide gifts and payments to doctors and other health professionals. Such support is associated with greater prescribing of promoted medicines,1 including more expensive drugs without advantages compared with standard treatment.2

  • 1 Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 The University of Auckland, Hamilton, New Zealand


We thank Joel Lexchin (York University, Toronto, Canada) for reviewing successive drafts of the manuscript.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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