JAMA reports that physicians and pharmaceutical companies are too close:

“My mother told me never to accept gifts from strangers. If a stranger wants to give you a gift, it’s very likely they want something in return,” said Jordan J. Cohen, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges and a co-author of the new proposal. “We’ve become overly dependent on these kinds of blandishments to support our core activities, and that is jeopardizing public trust and scientific integrity.”