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Old 12-12-2007, 08:46 AM
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I was talking to a friend yesterday about his colleague's cervical issue. (I’ll call his buddie Steve). As it turns out, Steve may be getting a free artificial disc, in exchange for providing marketing services (testimonial, film footage, etc.) for the device company.

When I heard about this, I was a bit surprised. But then I thought back to 2004, before FDA approval and all the other challenges I endured. Back then, if the device company (if it was an artificial disc I believed was sound) offered, I would have gone for it!

But now, looking at all the different perspectives involved, I am not sure if this is an ethical situation. What do you all think about this situation?

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Old 12-12-2007, 09:08 AM
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Ethical, yes. Moral, maybe depends on whether or not they bury the stories when then ADR fails to succeed 100%. If Steve doesn't get all the marketeers want him to get, if they still mention his story or at least allude to those that weren't 100% successes, then you're just seeing the logical extension of advertising. I would ask him to be careful to disclose this when/if he posts on ADRsupport or any other website. Laura also pointed out that the exchange does place him in a bad position when it comes time for follow-up, choosing the best surgeon, repair of bad placements, subsidence, etc.
Laura - L5S1 Charitee
C5/6 and 6/7 Prodisc C
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:58 PM
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I don't think there is anything wrong with it. If they are offering him the type of disc that he wants, why shouldn't he accept a free one? Being a poster boy isn't bad in exchange. My 2 cents
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