For most doctors, the role of a drug rep is known. Free samples for the indigent pts.
They rx depending upon the needs of the pt, not the incentives offered by drug reps.
I personally hate drug reps, but they're vital.
If there's a new medicine around the corner, it's going to be in the NE Journal of Medicine. There's also pubmed. That's where doctors get their information for for next treatment, not from a salesperson.
I'll give you an example of what you were alluding to (I think, it's late and I need to sleep): Vioxx. Horrible drug right? Not if people listened to the instructions. I still have a bottle at home. Works great.
Originally Posted by 911over
I would never believe any practicing doctor would sell out to a drug company & I am sorry that you took it that way. I would be offended by such a comment also. What I do believe is that very often doctors rely upon the presentation by the drug co salesmens representations and information and probably do not have the time to further investigate for themselves. In my experience there are some docs that are not even familiar enough with some of the less innocous drugs that they prescribe them even when contraindicated. ie: an rx of antibiotic drops containing cortizone for a ruptured eardrum resulting from an ear infection. Giving a nursing mother w/a sinus infection rx for nasal inhalers, sudafed & other sympton relieving drugs even after being told of the nursing & 2 prior extensive septo rhinoplastys. Fortunately none of the drugs were samples, so came w/the enclosed 50 fold tiny print drug info pages. We read them & no harm came to us as all the product info said not to be used with these conditions. Most Doctors, 90 ++ % or better, do a wonderful job & help get us get well. But it really is not all up to the Doctor to do this. It is a multi-layered system of health care & they aren't all doctors that help educate us in maintaining our health.
I understand the rarity of most serious side effects. I understand doctors want to help & will treat to relieve symptoms as well as treat the cause. I know a lot of people whose purses seem to contain the whole gamut of OTC & Dr. prescriptions just so they can get a quick fix & get back to work without staying home to get well. It amazes me when someone will freely use their sick time or banked time to go do fun stuff but not to stay home to get well.
And yes, I will be getting my flu shot this year as my husband suffered pneumonia last Winter & far be it for me to make him sick. I get the flu shot about every 4 or 5 years. I've had the flu once in the past 30 yrs. the year they happened to run short on the vacc.