Pharmaceutical Companies’ Marketing to Doctors

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors

Source: HBO

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  1. lucas commented on Feb 9

    Lest the comedy format encourages you to dismiss the problem,let me assure you everything Mr. Oliver pointed out happens everyday in nearly every doctor’s office in the country.

  2. Tim commented on Feb 10

    True….Funny….and Sad….all at the same time.
    I’m in healthcare.

  3. Singmaster commented on Feb 10

    So we are left with John Oliver to do investigative reporting? Satirical news? Where are the “real” reporters these days?

    • DeDude commented on Feb 10

      They are out for lunch paid for by a drug company. Don’t forget who pay their salaries (via “ask your doctor” commercials)

  4. WickedGreen commented on Feb 10

    Did anyone think otherwise?

    Have you seen a chart for XLV ? How about CVS ?

    This is about monay, riiiigghhht ? Profits, man ! What consequences ? We’ll be dead by then ! Let the glorious invisible hand work it out. Shove your regulation up your rectalation and pick me up some fracking exposure on the cheap !

    Booyah !

  5. A commented on Feb 10

    Ah, the ethics-free American medical industry. Yet again, the world’s greatest country exploits its own people.

  6. ch commented on Feb 10

    This is the real story of the anti-vax movement.

    The medical establishment is losing its credibility because it has been demonstrably corrupted by the Medical industry and gov’t policy, among others.

    Read “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher” – great book.

  7. DeDude commented on Feb 10

    Anything that is run for profit becomes all about the profit. We need a radical change in our health care system.

    In Japan the doctors are directly selling the drugs and they get a cut of each prescription (they have a system of honest open bribery, not a sneaky one). Guess what country in the world has the largest use of prescription drugs? It is all about the incentives and not getting them wrong.

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