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Drug Company Gifts


Health & Wellness  (tags: abuse, health, healthcare, illness, investigation, research, protection, risks, medicine, interesting, ethics, humans )

Sue
- 1914 days ago - nytimes.com
Your Jan. 5 editorial "No Mugs, but What About Those Fees?" and Jan. 9 news article "Medical Journal Changes Its Policy After Criticism by Group"



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Janet Hughes (390)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 7:56 am
Great post, Sue, highlighting the letter to the editor to the NY Times by the director at AARP.

Lois Aronstein states, "Recent studies show that patients who start out on these lower cost alternatives stick to their treatment plans more than those who struggle to afford treatments. AARP applauds Gov. David A. Paterson in his efforts to ban gifts to prescribers."

I agree we need to pry loose the medical profession from its ties to drug industry money.
 

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 8:25 am
Thanks Sue.My daughters mother-in-law is taking an array of drugs and all are name brand.Her doctor has her believing that generics aren't going to work.I did a study of her meds.She puts out over $600/month when all she needs is $125.That is ROBBERY AND DECEPTION IN ITS TRUEST FORM.Her dr.is only about 10 years younger than she and believes in the FDA like God.WHY?!

I am on pain meds.I hate them.I fought with my doctor to take me off the expensive and get a generic.I had to tell him that I was going to write to his other patients and tell them he is being paid off.Guess what,I have a new doctor.He wouldn't change it for me.Yet he sits in his office with gold faucets and pens with names like Abilify and Zyprexa on them,.He is overweight himself,so I know he doesn't need the companies money.He lives on the PHILADELPHIA MAINLINE.Most of the homes are over $250,000.His home is surrounded by a stone wall and long driveway.So he isn't poor.
Doctors should do what they pledge-"DO NO HARM"I am tired of being a doormat.I am opening up my mouth and SHOUTING when able.
 

Elaine Robinson (132)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 12:26 pm
The medical profession is doing this on everybody I disaprove of conventional medicine they are load of drug pushers
 

William Mosely (306)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 1:42 pm
This' something that should have revealed years ago. And people wonder why health costs keep going-up, never down. The same medications that we pay billions for, can easily pay half going to Canada. Why? Because in other countries the pill pushers can't charge what "the market will bare," rather based upon the actual cost of production. Every senator here are the guys that get the gifts. If the drug company stopped their gifts, they'd also have to price their products the same way they treat all other countries.
 

Sharen B. (69)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 7:12 am
In the office I clean they won't use any paper on the exam tables that have a companies name brand drug on it. Yet they were getting a ton of this stuff. Also, they, the drug reps, buy the office lunch. I mean to tell you some of these people being in the health care profession, need to bring a brown bag from home and lose some of the weight they have put on from their lunches. And guess who in the long run, pays for all these lunches?
 

Mary Tormey (405)
Wednesday January 28, 2009, 7:22 pm
I am offended when I walk into a doctors office and see all the gifts. Why shouldn't we ask our doctors to throw out or remove brand names from the gifts they are given. Why should I go to a doctor that is marketing dangours drugs?
 
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