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The Inclusion of Nurses in Pharmaceutical Industry–Sponsored Events Guess Who Is Also Coming to Dinner? ONLINE FIRST

Quinn Grundy, PhD, RN1; Alice Fabbri, MD1,2; Barbara Mintzes, PhD1; Swestika Swandari, BSc(Pharm)1; Lisa Bero, PhD1
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1Faculty of Pharmacy and Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2Centre of Research in Medical Pharmacology, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy
JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 12, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.5276
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This report describes the extent of inclusion of nurses in pharmaceutical company-sponsored educational events in Australia.

The release of the Open Payments data in the United States, which detail payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to physicians, enables analysis of the financial relationships between physicians and industry.1 However, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which mandates these disclosures, omits registered nurses. A recent qualitative study suggests nurse-industry interactions in US hospitals may be common and influential.2 The limited prevalence data available, based on self-report, suggests that 51% to 96% of nurses have contact with industry representatives.3

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