AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. January 2005, Volume 7, Number 1.

Module 6

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Case 6.3: Office Sales—Supplemental Income

Option Comparison

Although selling these supplements wholesale would be less ethically questionable than selling them for a profit, options B and C both should be avoided because it is not clear that there is support for any claim of benefit for this product. Nor is it clear that this product serves a pateint need. Accordingly, option A—not selling the product from the office—is preferable.

Preferable: Option A

Avoid: Options B and C

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