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How to Tell if Your Doctor is on the Drug Industries' Payroll

How to Tell if Your Doctor is on the Drug Industries' Payroll

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  • An ongoing investigation by ProPublica revealed 12 drug companies paid more than $761 million to physicians for consulting, speaking, research and other expenses in 2009, 2010 and, for some, the beginning of 2011
  • The $761 million represents only the <i>disclosed</i> payments. In all actuality, the figure is probably much higher
  • It is entirely legal for drug companies to pay medical professionals to promote their products, but because of the obvious conflict of interest the drug industry often keeps quiet on their actual payments, as do some of the medical professionals involved
  • In March 2013, drug and medical device companies will be required to report and disclose all payments (including stock options, research grants, knickknacks, consulting fees, travel expenses and more) to physicians, and the information will be displayed in a searchable online government database come September 2013

By Dr. Mercola

Drug companies are master marketers, and they attack the drug market on multiple levels.


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