AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. August 2006, Volume 8, Number 08

Ethics Poll

Dermatology gets under People's Skin

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

1. If your physician mentioned that he or she had cosmeceuticals for sale in the office, would you feel as though purchasing or not purchasing such items might affect the quality of your future care?
2. Do you think it is possible for the pharmaceutical industry to fund residency programs without marketing interests affecting the quality of residents' education?
3. The FDA-mandated iPLEDGE program forces all patients, physicians and pharmacists to adhere to strict requirements and documentation before a prescription for isotretinoin (Accutane) can be written because the drug can cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Critics say the iPLEDGE program places undue responsibility upon doctors and pharmacists and not enough on patients. Some dermatologists avoid prescribing this highly effective acne treatment.
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.