Drug Companies Bribing Doctors A major reason why health care is in such a shambles is that the medical establishment has allowed itself to be bought off by the pharmaceutical industry.
Drug companies have always pushed drugs to doctors.
The medical establishment works closely with the drug multinationals whose main objective is PROFITS, and whose worst nightmare would be an epidemic of good health. Lots of drugs MUST be sold. In order to achieve this, anything goes: lies, fraud, and kickbacks. To a pharmaceutical marketer, the doctor is the “first link in the chain of getting medication from manufacturer to consumer.” Any physician can LEGALLY prescribe ANY medication for ANY use. Obviously 100% of prescription drugs costs originate with a doctor’s orders. Doctors are rewarded with research grants, gifts, and lavish perks. The principal buyers are the public – from infants to the elderly – who MUST be thoroughly medicated…at any cost It was in 1850 that the first “detail man,” as pharmaceutical sales representatives are informally called, knocked on a door of an American doctor. In the century and a half since, pharma representatives have become the “stealth bombers” of medicine. They swoop in, change physicians’ prescribing habits (better than any research article) and disappear again. There are approximately 100,000 drug representatives in the United States today (almost triple the amount of just ten years ago) that visit thousands of doctors every day to “educate” them about new or existing products. Physicians’ choices profoundly impact sales of a drug company’s products. So pharmaceutical manufacturers focus their marketing budgets to influence those choices.
Drug companies spend annually 10 to 15 billion dollars to promote their drugs. This number includes, among other things, gifts for physicians and generous salaries (many drug representatives make six figures).
Something to think about… Doctors get many incentives for attending a lecture, watching a video or just giving a pharmaceutical sales representative 10 minutes of their time. A national survey of doctors published in the April 2007 New England Journal of Medicine found that physicians received drug samples, free travel, and sometimes payments for consulting with a drug company or enrolling patients in trials. The drug industry says the attention paid to physicians is a way for doctors to be educated on new products in a cluttered market, products that doctors otherwise would not take time to look into, according to the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America, the lobbying arm of the brand-name drug makers. See, if doctors are working around the clock to try to help everyone, they’ve got to make decisions QUICKLY. But to rely upon the drug companies for unbiased evaluations of their products makes about as much sense as relying on beer companies to teach us about alcoholism. Still, doctors care deeply, they’re doing everything they can to help people. Yet these decisions are a matter of LIFE AND DEATH. So we must make sure that WE are part of the decision making process. We got to be aware of the consequences and where this information is coming from. So if the primary source of education for our doctors is often the drug advertising, do you think there might be a “slight” chance of “dissonance” on the side of the drug company? Have any drugs been declared safe and massively promoted and later on we found out those drugs should not have been put out on the market? Did you ever wonder why drug ads always say, ask your doctor about this new drug ?