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Big Pharma paid US doctors $760 million over two years to prescribe their medicines

Drug companies profit at the expense of patients' health.

Santa: Doctors taking money from drug companies more likely to give expensive or unnecessary drugs.October 22, 2011: Pharmaceutical companies pay off doctors to prescribe their medications, reports CBS News. Dr. John Santa, head of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Centre, says doctors who have relationships with the pharmaceutical industry do not put their patients first, but rather, their profits. The article provides information on how to identify a medical office with a relationship to the pharmaceutical industry as well as key questions to ask health care providers.

"A dozen pharmaceutical companies have given doctors and other healthcare providers more than $760 million over the past two years — and those companies' sales comprise 40 percent of the US market.

The numbers come from the non-profit journalism organization Pro Publica, which assembled and continues to update a database on the payments.

The payments, says Pro Publica, are for consulting, speaking, research and expenses on the part of the providers.

Drug companies have traditionally been very tight-lipped about those payments, Pro Publica notes..."

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Posted: November 09, 2011

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