The drug industry has just adopted a new code of conduct on dealings with health care practitioners that brings all those perks that doctors get to an end.
Also, know that what perks doc have received over the years...trips and such...were not related to the volume they prescribed, so there was no financial incentive to prescribe something...but no doubt it put certain products on the docs' radar if the drug company reps did their job well!
Now when it comes to infusions and services that they can charge big money for, that's another thing entirely...
So I guess I'm suggesting we not be too cynical about
docs and drugs, but expect that most have our best interests in mind and trust your instincts. It's no good not to trust your doctor, so if you don't, find one you feel you can trust!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. Doing OK, but still have some bad days.