Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Washington Post discuss a sensitive question many patients find themselves wondering but perhaps not directly asking their doctors - what companies their doctors have relationships with and how deep those ties run. One market research company estimated that pharmaceutical sales spends $20 billion a year marketing directly to doctors.
As a response in 2003, D.C. enacted legislation to improve transparency among drug manufacturers. A national effort was initiated this year:
But then again, complete skepticism of doctor-pharmaceutical sales relationships may not always be fair, as Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic points out: