Doctors, Drugs, and Money
For close to ten years now there has been discussion regarding doctors and the drugs they prescribe. Topics range from investing in certain pharmaceutical companies to receiving payment from drug companies to promote their product. These issues have become more heated in recent years with publicized research that indicates doctors are prescribing new and pricier drugs for their patients according to an article in the New York Post . The same drugs that the doctors have a vested interest in through some sort of financial benefit from the drug companies to the doctors. Drug companies state “In the end, patients are well-served when technically trained pharmaceutical research company representatives work with health care professional to make sure medicines are used properly.” This sounds like a fancy way to skirt around the issue of conflict of interest. Where is the doctor’s responsibility, legally or morally, to prescribe for patients a cheaper but just as effective drug that reaps no financial benefit to the doctor. I believe the drug companies should have a responsibility to NOT increase the costs of prescription medication (which effects the patients) in order to cover the ‘side’ payments to the doctors to prescribe those same pills.