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What We’ve Learned From Four Years of Diving Into Dollars for Docs


Payments from pharmaceutical companies touch hundreds of thousands of doctors. The 17 companies we’ve tracked spent $1.4 billion in 2013 alone. Here are our top five takeaways from following all that money.


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Geez, almost every medical professional is on the take:

Surveys conducted in 2004 and again in 2009 showed that more than three-quarters of doctors had at least one type of financial relationship with a drug or medical device company. The figure dropped from about 94 percent in 2004 to 84 percent in 2009, said the lead author, Eric Campbell, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of research at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.

I guess it's a good thing that number is down?

Still, 84%. Sheesh!

Other than regulation I have no idea how this big pharma money influence can be stopped.

Yeah.  Big Pharma is a deeply entrenched parasite in our healthcare system.

How do we remove parasites?

You purge them by making their environment inhospitable.  

The only way to make the environment inhospitable to Big Pharma is to make it hard for them to profit. 

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