September 30th, 2011:

Wonder if your doctor is taking bribes from Big Pharma? He/she probably is. Most doctors do. A wonderful effort to document this has been done recently at ProPublica, an interesting publication.

The first step toward any change must necessarily be awareness. ProPublica (an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest) seems to be making headway with regard to publicizing the too cozy relationship between physicians and pharma.

Below is a list of the series of articles from ProPublica they call ‘Dollars for Doctors: How Industry Money Reaches Physicians.'”

Here is the website where you can read all these articles:

Some of the titles may spark your interest:

*Doctors Avoid Penalties in Suits Against Medical Firms” (9/16/2011: co-published with The Washington Post)
“News Reports Cite Drop in Physician Speaking Fees” (9/8/2011)
“Patients Deserve to Know What Drug Companies Pay Their Doctor” (9/7/2011: co-published with the Los Angeles Times)
“Doctors Dine on Drug Companies’ Dime” (9/7/2011)
“Piercing the Veil, More Drug Companies Reveal Payments to Doctors” (9/7/2011)
“Drug Companies Defend ‘Interactions’ With Physicians” (9/7/2011)
“Financial Ties Bind Medical Societies to Drug and Device Makers” (5/5/2011: co-published with USA Today)
“Med Schools Flunk at Keeping Faculty Off Pharma Speaking Circuit” (12/19/2010)
“Docs on Pharma Payroll Have Blemished Records, Limited Credentials” (10/18/2010).

Another useful and interesting ProPublica resource: In October 2010, they compiled the list of payments that drug companies make to physicians and built a publicly searchable “Dollars for Docs” Database so that patients could look up their doctors. Check it out at their website above.

In short, folks, this is a very corrupt business. Avoid it!!


Author: CA Care

In obedience to God's will and counting on His mercies and blessings, and driven by the desire to care for one another, we seek to provide help, direction and relief to those who suffer from cancer.

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