In the current issue of CHEST (see pages 1255
and 1257), two thoughtful leaders of the American College of Chest
Physicians (ACCP) frame an issue that confronts most physicians
today—the relationship between us, the physicians, and the medical
products industry. This relationship connects those who sell medical
products (pharmaceutical or technology) and those who prescribe the use
of those products (we, the physicians). More specifically, the comments
written by Basil Varkey, MD, FCCP, and Alvin Lever, MA, FCCP (Hon),
address the role of the pharmaceutical industry in physician education.
This is an intellectual, civil exchange between two individuals who are
united in their support of the ACCP: Dr. Varkey, a longtime ACCP
Fellow, and Mr. Lever, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of the organization.