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Dollars for Docs

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Jstand - thanks for posting this. I think it is good information that everyone should know. One of the doctors in my state received over $40,000 in compensation from one of the drug companies. And I'm supposed to think that unbiased decision making for what drug(s) to prescribe occurs? I don't think so. The comments section is also very interesting under the article. One is from a drug rep who says that we ALL know that generic drugs are inferior to brand name drugs. Really?? I wonder what else these reps are told to say...

Jstand - thanks for posting this. I think it is good information that everyone should know. One of the doctors in my state received over $40,000 in compensation from one of the drug companies. And I'm supposed to think that unbiased decision making for what drug(s) to prescribe occurs? I don't think so. The comments section is also very interesting under the article. One is from a drug rep who says that we ALL know that generic drugs are inferior to brand name drugs. Really?? I wonder what else these reps are told to say...

Its not just the Docs. Same goes for NPs and PAs. They are equally to blame. The title is very misleading. A drug rep couldn't care less whether its a md,pa or np. As long as they prescribe the drug, they will be more likely to "bribe" their way through.

Dr. Tammy, FNP/GNP-C

Specializes in ER; CCT.

Its not just the Docs. Same goes for NPs and PAs. They are equally to blame. The title is very misleading. A drug rep couldn't care less whether its a md,pa or np. As long as they prescribe the drug, they will be more likely to "bribe" their way through.

I'm not sure I understand. How is the title "Dollars for Docs: What Drug Companies are Paying your Doctor" misleading when it identifies exclusively physicians on the take from drug companies? Can you cite any article or authority that identifies PA's and NP's on the take from these companies?

Who cares? if the drug effectiveness and safety is on par with others, why not make some extra $$ prescribing a particular medication over another if its in its proper indication.

Who cares? if the drug effectiveness and safety is on par with others, why not make some extra $$ prescribing a particular medication over another if its in its proper indication.

Wow. I can't think of anything else to say...

Who cares? if the drug effectiveness and safety is on par with others, why not make some extra $$ prescribing a particular medication over another if its in its proper indication.

The real litmus test for this is to see if the provider discloses to their patients "there are several drugs to treat your hypertension, and I am using the one which is manufactured by the company that pays me a speaking (endorsement) fee".....Seriously?

Who cares? if the drug effectiveness and safety is on par with others, why not make some extra $$ prescribing a particular medication over another if its in its proper indication.

You really have to be kidding, I am going to assume that you are. This is the same sort of stuff that doctors do when they disclose at the end of a study which drug company they took money from and expect us to believe that they are independent and unbiased. It can't happen! There is no way that they remain independent. They must really not teach these people any ethics.

They must really not teach these people any ethics.

Either that or when money is flashed in front of their faces, ethics go bye-bye.

Its not just the Docs. Same goes for NPs and PAs. They are equally to blame. The title is very misleading. A drug rep couldn't care less whether its a md,pa or np. As long as they prescribe the drug, they will be more likely to "bribe" their way through.

Nobody ever said this was limited to doctors. This is aimed at unethical behavior, regardless of what the profession.