Thursday, February 02, 2006

 

Is Your Doctor Being Paid To Recommend Drugs, Devices to YOU?

Yet another reason to always questions the drugs, devices and procedures your doctor recommends to you: new evidence that drug companies, medical equipment manufacturers are financially rewarding doctors who switch to their drugs, use their devices or act as consultants, according to the New York Times.

According to the editorial: "New evidence keeps emerging that the medical profession has sold its soul in exchange for what can only be described as bribes from the manufacturers of drugs and medical devices. It is long past time for leading medical institutions and professional societies to adopt stronger ground rules to control the noxious influence of industry money on what doctors prescribe for their patients."

Now we all know bribery isn't good. (Look what it's done to Congress). Next time you're in your doctor's office, check around to see how much "free stuff" you see (notepads, pens, posters, magazines, mouse pads, coffee mugs, etc.). It's a sign that marketers are at work...when what you really need from your doctor is sound, scientifically valid advice (as risk-free as possible) about YOUR health and YOUR body.

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