A hospital that pays for its own pens?

A surprisingly popular story around the web this week was the policy implementation at Saint Mary’s Duluth Clinic in Duluth, Minn., to effectively ban any product (pens, clocks, clipboard, medical models, etc.) with pharmaceutical logos. All I can think about is the number of pens SMDC will now have to purchase…

I think it is a needed, ethical, step in the right direction. Removing the (however minute) influence these products may have on doctors’ prescribing patterns is a good thing, especially as we see more issues arise regarding the safety of some drugs. Forcing decisions to be made through the use of objective information is always a good thing.

The policy is outlined here in the Duluth News Tribune. Some banter here.

We’ve incorporated it here.

Thoughts?