This is just my hunch, but if the drug rep wrote it by hand I'll be he/she didn't even get the spelling right. And based on what many of us saw happen to one of our members (from her posts) while she was trying it, I and a few others suspected that the pharmaceutical company/rep. had a role in why her doctor was pushing this. And now I read the pharm. rep. just left your doctors office. All suspicious to me.
If you search out some of the forums that drug reps post on (there's one REALLY big one that's easy to find) you'll find a LOT of posts that explain what the push is all about
. From what I've been reading, a whole lot of drug reps are about
to lose their jobs and the only reason they didn't lose them back in May was Nucynta's approval and pending launch.
I have no idea if this is allowed, but this puts it in a nutshell... written on August 3 of this year -
pharma rep said...
Over 50% of the sales reps have had no more than 2 Rx's written in their entire territory after the first 3-4 weeks of sales. There are a few territories that are doing well, likely because they have 'speaker/consultants' that are getting paid a lot of $$$ for their 'programs' that they put on. Speaker programs = get your top potential dr. to be trained as a speaker = get him a lot of gigs = kickback of added Rx's. An old game that the government will likely wake up to eventually. This product is a high copay product that competes with oxycodone, which is cheap. Every sales force is selling it, trying to make it go, even the dental sales division! What a joke; most dental surgeons only write for a day or two of any pain reliever and not an oxycodone.
Likely sales force cuts will come because with a $25M forecast, the product cannot sustain the level of field force in place.
If you're feeling really pushed into it (like someone we all know) you might want to find out if your doctor is one of these "speakers" first, because that would be the first sign that it's not necessarily in your best interest.