Durg Companies Payments to Doctors– A Huge Conflict of Interest

This, from CBS, says it all:

A dozen pharmaceutical companies have given doctors and other healthcare providers more than $760 million over the past two years – and those companies’ sales comprise 40 percent of the U.S. market.

With bucks that big flying around, is the quality of care offered by providers accepting them compromised? “Absolutely,” said Dr. John Santa, head of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.

Medicynical Note: Guess who pays for this largesse? Is it any wonder that drugs in the U.S. cost 30% more than elsewhere in the world. Drug companies are uninterested in efficiency and value. It’s about the money. Sad but true.

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