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Pharma Companies Must End Secret Gifts To Doctors Starting Next Month


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Affordable Care Act, transparency, Pharma Companies, government, ethics, healthcare, americans, goodnews )

Carrie
- 513 days ago - popsci.com
The Affordable Care Act's transparency requirements go into effect August 1. Members of the pharmaceutical industry promote their companies and drugs through things like free meals, travel compensation and all kinds of gifts, which studies have shown...



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Birgit W. (152)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:47 pm
What isn't corrupt on our planet anymore? Disgusting.
 

Monica T. (294)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:25 pm
This is a really good news... I hope it will spread to other countries as well... It's sometimes disgusting to see doctors demanding some over the top 'gifts' from pharma comp as a reward for using their products. This disgusting practice burdened the patients too...
Thanks, Carrie...
 

Sue H. (7)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:55 pm
This is most welcome news and Long Overdue!
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:07 pm
Well it's about time! I don't know how this could go on for so long anyway. Such corruption!
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:32 pm

Oh no! Now who is going to pay for those free cruises for the doctors? Poor dears.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:49 pm
When I worked in the field of mental health, I was a member of REN, Recovery Empowerment, Network, We supported people in getting off the meds safely (don't dare quit all at once or those poisons will put you in the hospital).

We helped them adopt attitudes of healthy self esteem. We taught them secrets of recovery.
We educated those with a diagnosis in how to rise above their diagnosis by applying knowledge and
healthy techniques. which we taught them to use.

Most people who have a mental illness are the victims of trauma that many could not have survived.

:To recover::

1. Get into a safe place both physically and psychologically safe.

2. Tell your story to as many SAFE people as you can.

3. Notice the things you do that don't make sense and when you do them. These "crazy" behaviors are how you survived the trauma. They don't work in the normal life. But they appeared to get you through the trauma.

4. Find other, sensible ways to deal with the situations in which you "freak out".

Many and many a client got well as they applied these and other healthy principles and got off the meds.

People with a mental illness (You are not your illness. You have an illness and you CAN recover.)........
most of the time when these dear people look and act "sick" it's a result of the meds prescribed by doctors who are bribed by the pharmaceutical companies. Doctors don't make money off of well patients.

We respected and listened to our clients. We provided counseling. We educated them. Many recovered.

Many and many a client got off his meds and got well.

I retired because there was a change in policy which my ethics would not tolerate.
"Do I quit now or at the end of the shift."

I imagine there have also been other changes in policy. I don't know because I am no longer part of the system. Nor will I be!

 

Mitchell D. (132)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:12 pm
Having worked alongside psychiatrists for some decades, I saw some of this gifting in action, and heard from one psychiatrist indicated that it was common knowledge that doctors often prescribed according to which drug company rep. was the last one to have their ears.
the drug reps, I understand, were seriously gifted for putting up good numbers.
 

Jae A. (321)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:48 pm
All's I can think of to say at the moment is.......... "Every body dance now "...well that and ..."puffpuffpass" and offer up my personal F ' you to Pharmamed industry from top to bottom....and their pill pushing dealers too !
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:50 pm
seriously? I went through menopause early. Two doctors tried to force me to take HRT. I had already been to lectures about it. When I was waiting for the lectures I heard older women complaining about HRT and how mean and forceful their doctors were to them. HRT had their lives in crisis. When the last doctor tried to get me read the "the booklet" I sent him a review of "the booklet" from cover to cover and commented on both covers and every line and paragraph. He was speechless because you cannot cross an woman who knows what she does not want.
 

Jason S. (57)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:07 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Laurie H. (729)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:30 pm
I'm so glad that this is taking effect!!!! Here we have such a positive change for patients---sounds like a huge ray of hope!!!~ Thanks Dear Carrie!!!~
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:45 pm
It's about time...won't hold my breath though because it's not August 1 yet.
 

ER C. (65)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:51 pm

LOOKS GOOD ON PAPER, SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

THEY ALWAYS FIND OTHER WAYS TO SCRATCH EACH OTHERS BACKS

I HAVE YET TO SEE BIG PHARMA DO > MUCH < TO HELP PATIENTS PAY FOR THEIR MEDS.

WELL ...........

THEY DO OFFER PROGRAMS FOR THOSE WHO ARE BELOW THE NATIONAL POVERTY LEVEL........THEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR DOCTOR FILL OUT A FORM FOR YOUR APPLICATION.

( ADULTS CANNOT GET MEDICAID UNLESS THEY ARE DISABLED.)

( OR UNLESS THE ARE ADMITTED THROUGH THE ER FOR AN EMERGENCY. )

NO HELP WITH PREVENTATIVE CARE, NO HELP WITH VACCINATIONS, NO HELP WITH TREATMENTS FOR MEDICAL ISSUES THAT NEED CONSTANT MONITORING.

SO, THAT MEANS NO DOCTOR TO FILL OUT THE FORM STATING THAT YOU DO NEED THIS MEDICINE FOR AN ISSUE THAT THE DOCTOR IS SEEING YOU FOR.

IM TALKING ABOUT WORST CASE SCENARIO HERE.

BETTER CASE, WOULD BE THAT YOU ARE INSURED, & SO FINANCIALLY STARVED THAT YOU CANNOT AFFORD THE ONLY MEDICINE AVAILABLE BECASUE ........ IT IS A BRAND NAME Rx .!

BEEN THERE . . . . THAT'S WHEN YOU DEPEND ON YOUR DOCTOR FOR SAMPLES.

BOUNCING AROUND LIKE A BALL IN A PINBALL MACHINE.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr ............... whew ! ! ! ! well, I got that off my back !
 

Robert K. (31)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:56 pm
I have a great idea. If a pharmaceutical company offers anything more valuable than notepads or pens they should lose all their patents. Now there's a punishment they would pay attention to, and it would be eminently fair as most research is actually paid for by the government, not the corporations.
 

Carrie B. (315)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:11 pm
ER.C., Unfortunately, most pharmaceutical companies haven't given out the popular expensive drug samples for many years. Instead their free samples are usually "new" drugs they want doctors to start pushing on patients.
 

Veronica C. (45)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:17 pm
Glad to read this, but I hope they don't find ways around it.
 

Melva H. (93)
Monday July 22, 2013, 10:22 pm
When did the Law/custom of allowing legal bribery come into being? And who were the politicians that lined up to get in on the ground floor via okaying birbery? No need to ask which drug companies led the effort...they ALL did!
Be a shame if some drs who's lifestyles depend on the payoffs have to do a bit of downgrading. Maybe even sell a couple vacation homes? The new Law won't hurt the drug compainies: They'll find another way to stick it to the public!
 

Robert K. (31)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 12:54 am
Melva, I can't answer your question, but it used to be illegal and lobbying got its' name from the illegal practice of corporations meeting corrupt politicians in hotel lobbies. At some point the practice was made legal and has been the reason for most of our bad law since then.
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 8:31 am
Is it any wonder that when ten people visit a physician's office, nine of them walk out with a prescription for the same pharmaceutical product? Peace, Light and Love.
 

Deb E. (63)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 11:18 am
Yet another reason why the greedy are fighting "Obamacare". What is happening in the government of this country just looks like one big CF anymore. These big corporations just seem to keep spending money on figuring out ways to get around the laws ... or get them repealed.
 

Ravenna C. (20)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 12:32 pm
I have always found it more than a little disgusting that without fail...each time the Pharmaceutical Sales Rep would come around with their "goody bags" and short skirts...(most were female and they were all young and all very pretty) Inevitably, shortly thereafter, patients would suddenly be "needing" whatever new drug the company was shilling. Naturally the physicians would need to go to a Sponsored conference to learn all about the new very expensive drug...For some reason those conferences are never in North Dakota.
Big Pharma is as dirty as Big Oil and they have completely corrupted medicine. A true healer has to always put the patient first. Greed has corrupted every facet of our lives.
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 12:35 pm
noted
 

Deborah W. (6)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 12:53 pm
Or what?

Empty words, rules, regulations, enforcement failures -- you can stuff them all in a bag with other useless fodder, kept alive and on the books for possible future call-upon if needed, instead of discarding -- same old crap.
 

Jamie Clemons (283)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 1:26 pm
Are we ever going to stop acting like a third world country and join the rest of the civilized nations and pass a single payer or universal health care system that cares about people more than profits?
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 1:37 pm
My main concern is that, if the gifts are so secret, how will we ever be able to be sure they have stopped?
 

Suzanne Michael (0)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 1:49 pm
Everytime they come out with a new super drug for pain or depression (which pretty much goes hand and hand) my Dr. tries to reccommed it to me. I've tried a couple of them like Lyrica and Cymbalta and believe me those two will be your worst nightmare. Now I tell him olny the older drugs that have been on the market for years and I won't be a guinea pig for anyone anymore!
 

Melania Padilla (184)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 2:14 pm
Thanks
 

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 2:34 pm
Noted
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 3:21 pm
It is good we now have this law in effect but I doubt it will end the practice. One time I was in a doctor's office and he seemed to pay more attention to the drug reps than he did to me. I found it impossible to even ask him a question. It was last visit to him.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 4:04 pm
It's about time.
 

jan b. (3)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 4:36 pm
Why would pharma give secret--gifts of travel etc to Doctors ? . It doesn't make sense to me. I know they give them samples of drugs which doctors give out to patients which saves the patient money. I can see the gifts going to doctors that actually purchase the products to sell....but that doesn 't happen.
 

jan b. (3)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 4:38 pm
Sorry---I should have added that I'm happy about the ACA.....it's a start of something that will change healthcare for the better. I just can't help but wonder about the gifts =doctors-= -drugs
 

Jeanne Rogers (855)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 6:18 pm
It never should have been allowed A conflict of interest, I'd say!
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 10:13 pm
As I was graduating college, there was a job fair on campus. Big Pharma was there recruiting. I started to fill out an application. Then this feel of dread came over me. I stopped and threw away the application. Glad I listened to my guardian angel.
 

Lona Goudswaard (79)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:36 am
Really, secret gifts are still allowed? What a surprise.
 
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