Academic journal article Journal of Law and Health

2005 Speaker Series: Dr. Joseph Rohan Lex, Jr., M.D. FAAEM the Physician-Pharmaceutical Industry Relationship

Academic journal article Journal of Law and Health

2005 Speaker Series: Dr. Joseph Rohan Lex, Jr., M.D. FAAEM the Physician-Pharmaceutical Industry Relationship

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MR. MEARNS: Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Geoff Mearns and I'm the Dean of Cleveland Marshall College of Law and it's my pleasure to welcome you here to what I guess is chapter two of the inaugural lecture in the Journal of Law and Health lecture series.

If you had the pleasure of being here yesterday, you know that you are in for an informative and engaging presentation by Dr. Lex. And so without any further ado, I'm going to introduce Evelyn Holmer, she is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Health and she will introduce Dr. Lex.

MS. HOLMER: Good evening. On behalf of the Cleveland Marshall Journal of Law and Health, I'd like to welcome you here this evening.

Before I get started, as a friendly reminder, if you haven't done so already, if you could just pull out your pagers, BlackBerries and cell phones, make sure you have them on vibrate or silent, I would greatly appreciate that. All right. On to getting started.

Being one of only a handful of law reviews which encompass both the fields of law and health, the Journal seeks to serve Cleveland and its healthcare community by facilitating a link between the medical and legal professions. The Journal prides itself on constantly examining healthcare law from all angles, be it medicinal, constitutional or political. And in doing this, there are a variety of forums, be it from presenting speakers to publishing medical works to publishing law reviews. In fact, a transcript of tonight's presentation will be published in our next issue, numbered 18-2, which is due out in December, knock on wood.

Pursuant to this spirit, it is our honor to host Dr. Lex tonight. Dr. Lex is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center and served his internship and residency at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, a member of the Physicians for National Health Plan, and also a Fellow of the American Academy for Emergency Medicine. He currently serves on the faculty at Temple University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Dr. Lex's educational experience is outmatched only by his list of accolades, and this is where he's going to get embarrassed because we did this last night. Dr. Lex is the recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation of Valorous Action in Vietnam, the Combat Medical Badge for Service in Vietnam, the Temple University Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Vickery Award for Outstanding Contributions For Emergency Medicine Education, amongst many others.

Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming for the second time in our series Dr. Joseph Lex.

DR. LEX: Do I need to speak louder using the lavaliere? Are you okay if I wander? Cool. Because I'm going to wander. All right.

Tonight's topic is actually four combined into one. If you thought last night's talk was truncated, two hours into one, tonight I'm going to cram four hours into one. So hang onto your hats.

I could actually divide this into four different talks. First of all, there's the ethics on giving gifts. Then there's the intertwining of academia and industry, which is pretty nasty, when you get fight down to it. Then there's just the whole psychology of promotion. And finally, food, flattery and friendship. I hope to spend a little bit of time talking about some logical fallacies in pharmaceutical promotion. So I've got lots of things to get in here.

First of all, I've got to make confession. Once upon a time, I ate drug rep doughnuts and pizza. And I craved freebies at national meetings. I used to get my little bag and go around, stuff the bag full of stuff. I attended drug company sponsored meals at one time in my career. I used to drink from a Monistat mug, I wrote with a Rocephin pen, I did all of these things. I even once, please forgive me, I went to a Phillies game on a drug company's dollar and I sat in their private box. …

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