Is your doctor being bought by the drug industry?
Most likely, you see evidence of the drug industry’s influence in your doctor’s office: pens, mugs, refrigerator magnets, and pads of paper. Drug companies also spend money on gifts you won’t see in the waiting room, like lunches and conference fees.
As a matter of fact, the drug industry spends most of its advertising budget on doctors ($7.2 billion per year, excluding free samples) – after all, it is the doctors who write prescriptions. In most states, these gifts go unreported. That’s why we need a national drug company payment disclosure law.
We deserve to know how much money our doctor receives from drug companies. Tell your Congressperson to make full disclosure of gifts to doctors a top priority.