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  •  like MMD said (5+ / 0-)

    Prescription trackers keep pharma cos informed of what doctors write how many prescriptions of their drugs.  There are then all kinds of favors bestowed on the high prescribers - paid consultantships, all expenses paid trips to medical conferences, big stock of free samples, etc. All nice and legal like.

    •  Sorry, but you are wrong on most of that (3+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, dhonig, VClib

      A nice big stock of free samples is great for patients, especially those that can't afford the drugs on their own.  That is what many Physicians use those samples for.

      Paid trips, etc.... that just doesn't happen.  

    •  Honoraria (1+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice

      I've attended seminars and conferences where I, a health care consumer activist, give a talk or participate in panel discussions with clinicians who receive $700-$1,000 honorarium fees.  I never get paid, but on very rare occasions, one of the clinicians will donate part of their compensation to my non-profit.

      Docs can be paid handsomely to spend a couple of hours at a local event for "public education", etc. on their area of specialty. Free gourmet dinner at a nice local hotel or restaurant to talk for 15 or 30 minutes plus a nice fee - not a bad gig for them.

      I prefer to not receive compensation as it leaves me free to speak objectively and openly about the health care topic at hand.  

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:29:25 PM PST

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    •  Not any more (1+ / 0-)
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      VClib

      sorry, but those days disappeared. Feds have been tightening the screws for quite a while, and big pharma has paid literally hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties for these past activities.

      Done with politics for the night? Have a nice glass of wine with Palate Press: The online wine magazine.

      by dhonig on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:12:00 PM PST

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