I find it ridiculously funny that the collective wisdom of seven
psychiatrists from the United States and Canada is to stop using bags with
drug company logos because it offends some people.
The idea that our professional integrity and public image are somehow
tarnished by carrying a bag with a Pfizer or GSK logo on, as expressed in the
letter titled "Bring Your Own Bag" in the April 21 issue, is
overblown. (Though I must say something does occur: At APA's 2005 annual
meeting, a passerby on the street said to me, "Hey doc, can't you afford
a Neiman-Marcus bag?")
I imagine some people will buy into the faulty logic that because I have
pens and bags with drug names on them, I'm a pawn of the pharmaceutical
industry and/or endorse the escalating cost of health care. By that line of
thinking, I should stop wearing my San Francisco Giants baseball cap least
someone think I endorse anabolic steroid use in sports.
To my well-meaning colleagues who can't bring themselves to participate in
a free-market society, I suggest giving your bags imprinted with drug company
logos to poor school kids. That is what I do.