Drug Companies Hire Doctor Spokesmen Who Have Sketchy Backgrounds

October 20, 2010
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An investigation by ProPublica has uncovered hundreds of doctors on company payrolls who had been accused of professional misconduct, were disciplined by state boards or lacked credentials as researchers or specialists.

“This story is the first of several planned by ProPublica examining the high-stakes pursuit of the nation’s physicians and their prescription pads. The implications are great for patients, who in the past have been exposed to such heavily marketed drugs as the painkiller Bextra and the diabetes drug Avandia — billion-dollar blockbusters until dangerous side effects emerged,” ProPublica said.

“Without question the public should care,” said Dr. Joseph Ross, an assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine who has written about the industry’s influence on physicians. “You would never want your kid learning from a bad teacher. Why would you want your doctor learning from a bad doctor, someone who hasn’t displayed good judgment in the past?”

ProPublica said that a review of physician licensing records “in the 15 most-populous states and three others found sanctions against more than 250 speakers, including some of the highest paid. Their misconduct included inappropriately prescribing drugs, providing poor care or having sex with patients. Some of the doctors had even lost their licenses.”

For more details read the ProPublica article here.

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One Response to Drug Companies Hire Doctor Spokesmen Who Have Sketchy Backgrounds

  1. Paul on October 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    So whats new? the drug companies will do or say anything to get people on drugs. The scary part is they do it all right under the nose of our own Government who is supposed to protect us but never does. Ever notice how many FDA “approved” drugs have killed so many people??





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