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Has Your Doctor Received Drug Company Money?

Let’s be honest here, it’s not that rare that doctors accept payments from drug companies (e.g. speaker fees) and it might or may influence their decision-making when prescribing drugs. ProPublica has released a searchable database of MDs taking payments from drug companies. This is transparency. I would be more than interested to see how a doc would react to a patient who mentions this at the next visit.

Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors for promoting their drugs. But seven companies have begun posting names and compensation on the Web, some as the result of legal settlements. ProPublica compiled these disclosures, totaling $258 million, into a single database that allows patients to search for their doctor. Receiving payments isn’t necessarily wrong, but it does raise ethical issues.

Here is an example of John Smith, MD from Connecticut:

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  1. I have problems in foreign countries when I travel. The doctors usually recommend the pills that they can earn the most from. I often get back and check. Some of the drugs where discontinued in other countries and I end up not taking the medicine.

    March 16, 2011
  2. my doctor told for stop using drugs that…i was actually using drug from since last 3/5 month and got so much unsatisfied there for my doctor advised stop using that again & again

    July 4, 2011
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