Doctors Prescribe More of a Drug If They Receive Money from a Related Pharma Co.

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From ProPublica: “Doctors who receive money from drugmakers related to a specific drug prescribe that drug more heavily than doctors without such financial ties, a new ProPublica analysis found. The pattern is consistent for almost all of the most widely prescribed brand-name drugs in Medicare, including drugs that treat diabetes, asthma and more.

The financial interactions include payments for delivering promotional talks, consulting and receiving sponsored meals and travel …

On average, across all drugs, providers who received payments specifically tied to a drug prescribed it 58% more than providers who did not receive payments.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Since the doctors are taking money, and prescribing drugs, to benefit big Pharma and their own pocketbooks, rather than their patients.

    Wait … Stop … Point blank, that should be illegal.

    I remember once walking into a new doctor’s office for a physical. Before we even spoke, I was handed a prescription. I asked him what it was for, he said heartburn. I handed the prescription back to him and told him I didn’t have heartburn.

    I went to the ER once because I had chest pain. I thought it was likely just a pulled muscle, and thankfully that’s all it was. But before I left, an aptly named Dr. Paine walked in, with prescription pad in hand. He did an intensive psychological examination of my mental state by asking, “Are you depressed?”

    I said no, and told him I was allergic to the anticholinergic drugs. Which Dr. Paine should have known, if he had bothered to look at the drugs I am allergic to, listed right in my medical history. Run away, Dr. Paine in the ….

    It’s a shame so many of the doctors may no longer be trusted.

    • “I remember once walking into a new doctor’s office for a physical. Before we even spoke, I was handed a prescription. I asked him what it was for, he said heartburn. I handed the prescription back to him and told him I didn’t have heartburn.”

      I wonder if this was doctor projecting? He actually had the heartburn and by giving out prescriptions for a drug he could pay for the operation to stop it? “But I don’t have heartburn”, “You do now” lol

      And I laughed when I read about Dr Paine

      The 58% figure is particularly disturbing (not for the corrupting influencers but for the people who make the mistake of trusting their doctors)

  2. Yummy psych lunches. Well who else will they socialize with? They can’t socialize with ‘patients’, they can’t socialize with the general public. I have tried lol.

    Yes docs like to ask if someone is depressed. It is an attempt to lessen people coming in for pain.
    Adverts tell us to go in with chest pain. If that pain was not a heart attack, on a woman’s chart they might write that
    “patient seems comfortable, soft non tender abdomen, no EKG abnormalities, I asked if patient felt depressed or anxious, she denied being so”

    That follows you until your next episode of chest pain, then if not an active heart issue, will just evolve into the next doc opining “depression”, or suggestive. They twist anything being said by the patient and rewrite over narrative.

    Thing is, people die of heart attacks despite all tests clear. They make suggestive comments ALL the time on charts, which is dangerous in care next time around. especially with women, and women docs are often horrible, due to competition.
    There is a real lack of medical people knowing themselves, what drives them, what schools have done to them. Med school and residency totally changes some good people to apathetic. They change their personality to suit practice and colleagues.

    I think in general, patients just reach a point where they don’t care. They know if they are dealing with another crap doc, and more of society is losing respect for ‘medicine’.
    Not because medicine can’t make them better, but because medicine presents themselves as some grandiose science that has the answers, and then patients are often mistreated or treated like idiots.

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