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***The following is a letter to the editor. If you have something to say, you can submit a letter too. Send it to [email protected]***

It should be straight up illegal for pharmaceutical companies to lobby Congress or donate dollars to political campaigns. Pharmaceutical companies were stopped from giving branded material to physicians officers because it was said they were influencing medical decision-making. So then explain to me what exactly is happening when they give millions of dollars to politicians who then create laws benefiting pharmaceutical companies?

I call that a sincere conflict of interest. People must speak – it needs to stop.

— David Simpson