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Do Medical Doctors receive kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies?

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posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 01:12 AM
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Here's how it would work: doctors who prescribed the drug company's products and avoided competing drugs were paid "consulting fees" of tens of thousands of dollars. And what kind of consulting did these doctors do? The kind of consulting that requires nothing more than signing a blank sheet of paper and cashing the check, of course. And thousands of doctors participated in this criminal scam, collecting untold sums of money in exchange for hyping Schering-Plough's pharmaceuticals to patients. (Medical ethics, anyone?)

www.newstarget.com...


I don't wish to focus on this particular case, just interested if, in general, it's common practice for pharmaceutical companies to give doctors kickbacks for prescribing their products?




posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 11:48 AM
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Are monetary kickbacks common? No.

Are incentives in some form or another (trips, meals, merchandise) common? In the United States, yes.



posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 12:35 PM
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Do Medical Doctors receive kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies?

Yes. It's called bundling.



posted on Mar, 3 2007 @ 11:39 PM
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Yes, they do, and its in cash. What they do is fill out questionnaires, and get reimbursed.

When the Pharma sales reps take the Dr. and his whole staff out for lunch 3 times a year, do you think his companies drugs are going to be prescribed more often by that Doc ?

of course



posted on Mar, 4 2007 @ 02:39 AM
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Kickbacks are rampant in the field of Psychology. If you look in a doctor's office, you see ads all over the place. Pens, pads, posters, all with their favored medication of choice emblazoned everywhere.

They also tend to own stock in the pharmaceutical companies which they prescribe to.

Unlike the MDs, psychiatrists don't even attempt to hide bias in prescribing.



posted on Mar, 4 2007 @ 11:10 AM
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Of course, if you're smart like I was in residency, you just take the free food, free trips to conferences, etc. and then prescribe the drug you think actually works, regardless of who gave you what. You get free stuff and you still treat patients effectively =).



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