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How Money From Pharmaceutical Companies Sways Doctors' Prescriptions

Drug-Company Money

Story at-a-glance -

  • Doctors who received drug-company money prescribed more brand-name drugs
  • The analysis included promotional speaking, consulting, business travel, meals, royalties and gifts as forms of drug company payments
  • The number of brand-name drug prescriptions rose with the amount of money received

By Dr. Mercola

If your doctor receives money or gifts from a drug company, be it payment for a lecture or a free meal, does it influence the medications he or she in turn prescribes? This represents the burning question in an industry saturated with pharmaceutical company involvement.


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