posted on Oct, 20 2010 @ 03:20 PM
I have several friends who are "drug reps" for a pharmaceutical company (one of the major companies) and they tell me all of the time, how much
money the spend on whining and dining various doctors (not in a figure but in an abstract way). It's crazy, as they are basically bribing these
doctors to prescribe their medications.
When I was probing and asking questions, a female friend of mine who is a drug rep, told me that if a doctor is compliant and prescribing alot of
brand name medications from that particular company, they will often reward this doctor with a "consulting" job, that basically means they get a
Most doctors not only comply, but is becomes sort of a competition and the results are basically that soctors are over-prescribing and giving you
medications that you don't need. This is bad for several reasons, none that I will get into, as i'm sure we are all aware.
I believe that this is a draw back to corporations taking over the family practice. Hardly ever do families "know" their GP. You know, personally
know him/her. It used to be where a family had a GP and they knew him personally. Now because of corporate take-overs and the threat of litigation or
malpractice insurence, most of the independent docs have been driven out of the business and families no longer "know" their physician, which
ultimately enables doctors to make money by drugging their patients.
Now don't get me wrong, I think that "big pharma" is just as responsible, but as the cookie crumbles here in the US, whoever has the most money,
has the most influence with congress and government.
It's sad really. I don't take any medicine prescribed to me by a doctor that I don't know. If I have to see a specialist and he prescribes me
medicine, I do a lot of research on my symptoms and the medicine, then ask my doctor that I know and trust before putting it into my body.