posted on Nov, 24 2004 @ 08:27 AM
There are laws against kickbacks, but the practice continues, at least to some extent.
From a recent edition of Technology Review: "Doctors say they know the score...But knowing that you're the target of a sales job doesn't immunize
you from its effect. Consumers know the purpose of TV commercials, too, and yet still go right out and buy the advertised products. Even such
innocuous tactics as the ubiquitous pens and pads emblazoned with drug logos can have an impact. Studies have shown that a wide variety of
interactions between pharmaceutical companies and doctors--from consulting fees to free pens--do in fact influence physicians' prescribing
patterns." [By Erika Jonietz November 16, 2004]
I personally believe much of it is down to the basic approach of conventional medicine: "treat the symptoms". It's easier to prescribe pills than
to treat each person individually, holistically. That's not to say that all medicines are bad, far from it, but a far better system would involve a
balance of conventional and alternative approaches.