California: AIDS Healthcare Foundation Bars Pfizer Sales Reps From Facilities During Business Hours
February 9, 2007
The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation has banned Pfizer Inc. sales reps from its 13 heath care centers during business hours. The move is AHF's latest step in its dispute with the pharmaceutical company. AHF says Pfizer irresponsibly markets its drug Viagra for recreational use; it filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer in January. A statement from AHF said, "There has been no recognition by your organization of the documented correlation between Viagra and the recent rise in [STDs] and HIV in men who have sex with men." Pfizer called the decision "unfortunate" and said, "The reality is Pfizer sales representatives provide very valuable and important information about medical conditions and Pfizer medicines designed to treated these conditions. As a result, we believe this decision may negatively impact patients receiving care at local AHF clinics."