Can Pay Big Money
More than 17,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals have taken money from major drug companies, according to a new article from Reuters. And more than 380 of these health care providers collected more than $100,000 from Big Pharma in 2009 and 2010.
The seven drug companies paid doctors to talk about their products, and the story notes that the “payments are not illegal and usually not even considered improper.” But on the other hand, the article says the doctors were sometimes urged to recommend prescriptions to treat conditions the drugs weren’t approved for.
The seven drugmakers are: AstraZeneca, Cephalon, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Merck and Pfizer.
For more information about this investigative report, which was conducted by the journalism group ProPublica, click here. And visit this website to find out if your doctor has accepted money from a drug company.