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  •  Beg to differ. (0+ / 0-)

    I've been in the field for 25 years.  Doctors don't get paid a direct kickback, true.  They do however get "incentives" which can range from the stock of "free samples" handed out at the regular visit of their "rep", to credits for "prizes" like swanky vacation cruises with other doctors on the company's shortlist, to "enrollment fees" for entering patients on Stage IV (postmarketing) "clinical trials" which are little more than fronts for boosting sales.  Stage III trials are also used to create a ready pool of patients already using a drug expecting near-term approval; these patients will receive known active drug and be switched to a paying basis as soon as the drug gets FDA approval.  And believe me, docs are paid for enrolling subjects in clinical trials.

    •  True (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for sharing that information.  It also has an impact on which clinical trials hospitals choose to participate in.  Not always the best system for consumers to get a disease cured or effectively treated.

      I doubt there are many docs who get incredibly wealthy from this stuff, but its enough incentive to sometimes make them practice medicine ineffectively.

      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 12:33:35 PM PST

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