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AMA planned a campaign to remind doctors of ethical guidelines limiting their acceptance of gifts from pharmaceutical companies. The campaign was to be sponsored by Eli Lilly Corporation. (USA Today, 4/27/01, “Drugmakers bankroll ethics guidelines on ‘freebies’”)

In 1997, the American Medical Association agreed to endorse products made by the Sunbeam Corporation. The five-year agreement would have placed the AMA’s logo on a line of thermometers, blood pressure monitors, and other home healthcare products and generated millions of dollars in royalties for the medical group (New York Times, 8/13/97, p. A1). However, the AMA hadn’t evaluated the quality and cost of the products (New York Times, 5/17/97, p. D6). As a result of media publicity and concerned AMA members, the deal was scrapped and five of the group’s executive leadership left the AMA (New York Times, 9/20/97, p. D2; Chicago Sun Times, 11/1/97, p. A1). Subsequently, Sunbeam sued the AMA for breach of contract and won a $9.9 million settlement. (Medical Industry Today, 8/4/98)

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that in early 1996 Procter & Gamble/olestra, through its PR agency, gave the AMA a check for $800,000 in partial support of an AMA fitness program; the check, which was later returned, came after the AMA issued a statement endorsing the FDA’s approval of olestra. (AMA press release, Jan. 1996; Chicago Sun-Times, 11/26/97, p. 70)

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