Doctors and Drug Companies: Not Strange Bedfellows

A recent article published in The New York Times exposed that all over the country, doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals often receive large payouts from drug companies in exchange for the promotion of certain medications. It’s a bit more subtle than the image of doctors waiting in line at the door of the drug company, hands a-waiting for a check. Rather, doctors deliver lectures about the new drugs to other doctors, they sit on committees that prepare guidelines for instructing doctors on when to use certain medications, and in exchange, they receive considerable sums of money, sometimes in the six-figures.

These practices obscure objectivity and beg the question, whose side is the doctor really on when he breaks out that prescription pad?

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