This is particularly concerning when you consider that free samples, which are among the most common financial tie reported, have been linked to the prescribing of high-cost brand-name drugs over lower-cost generic alternatives.
Recent Survey Provides an Updated National Estimate of Doctors’ Financial Ties to Industry
Since 2013, gifts and payments to doctors by pharmaceutical and medical device companies have been publicly reported. In addition, some medical centers, physician employers, such as Kaiser Permanente, and states have banned or restricted detailing visits, physician payments or gifts. Some manufacturers have also changed their practices for certain gifts. In order to better understand the effects of these changes, a team of researchers, which included Dartmouth Institute physician-researchers Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin, conducted a national survey of internal medicine doctors.
The researchers randomly sampled 1,500 internists and internal medicine specialists, asking 10 yes-or-no questions about “drug, device, or other methodically related company” interactions in the last year: food inside or outside the workplace; free drug samples; pens, notepads, T-shirts; honoraria for speaking; payment for consulting services; payment for service on an advisory board; costs of personal expenses for attending meetings; free tickets to events; subsidized admission to meetings; or conferences for which Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME) were awarded.
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