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Licensing Pharma Sales Reps?

In Washington, D.C. there is a movement to do just that.

What’s disturbing is the broad-brush, assumption of guilt revealed in words like these:

The District could become the first jurisdiction in the country to license pharmaceutical sales representatives, a move a council member says would help protect doctors and patients from disreputable agents who help drive up the costs of prescription drugs…Because the agents’ salaries are dependent on sales, they sometimes give the wrong impressions about drugs and present themselves as medical professionals, Catania said….Catania and advocates of the bill say patients’ health can be threatened by salespeople who provide false information about prescription drugs.

I think perhaps, with this logic, we should license politicians. And journalists.

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