Case and Commentary
Jan 2005

Supplemental Income, Option Comparison

Jeanne Sokolec, EdD, MSW
Virtual Mentor. 2005;7(1):106-110. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2005.7.1.ccas18b-0501.


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

Additional discussion and information


Virtual Mentor. 2005;7(1):106-110.



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