My uncle is a doctor and the drug reps feed him well. He's only had one free vacation, I mean speaking engagement that I know of but that was a while back.
He claims the bribes don't work, but these companies aren't doing it for charity.
They pay doctors thousands of dollars to give speeches endorsing their product/products.
Also, they persuade the doctors into writing more of their prescriptions so that they can have the opportunity of giving one of these 10 minute endorsement speeches that will result in them getting paid thousands of dollars.
Should we be concerned with these types of practices? Especially considering in something that is as serious as health.
The Guidance document discusses the most common potentially illegal arrangements, including:
"switching" arrangements (in which the physician is encouraged to switch patients to the manufacturer's drug from a competing drug);
consulting and advisory payments (e.g., where the physician is given a fee for listening to a marketing pitch);
payments for detailing (e.g., where the physician is given a substantial fee for completing minimal paperwork);
business courtesies and other gratuities; and
educational and research activities (e.g., where physicians are paid above market rates for unnecessary research)
quote:I remember when the switch happened. ti was a drastic difference. They used to have all of these luxury trips, expensive dinners, golf 2 or 3 times a week, etc. Almost all of that was eliminated.
the good ole days of drug reps wining and dining Doctors are over.
Almost all of that was eliminated
Also what if they know that product is inferior but that is the one they prescribe you because they know they will get the thousands of dollars worth of kickbacks for writing it. ?
most docs probably wouldn't risk their license for a free meal.
Why would pharma companies spend money on giving a doctor's office free food every week if it didn't have a return on investment?
Do you think pharma just spends money on this out of generosity? A charity program for office and social workers?
Do you think pharma just spends money on this out of generosity? A charity program for office and social workers? I bet you think advertisements don't work, either.