Direct kickbacks to doctors are illegal, so drug companies, and medical supply firms which make things like surgical screws, have found increasingly creative ways to put money into doctors' pockets. This quid pro quo often has little to do with patient needs.
Some drug companies provide gifts to doctors, free samples, lavish meals and entertainment, speaking fees for speeches written by the drug companies, first class travel to exotic destinations, or sign up doctors as "consultants." The reason they spend so much is because it works.
In 2014, a sunshine law takes effect which will require companies to make public all the money they funnel to medical providers, so we will finally see just how many millions have been lavished on doctors and others. The biggest chunk of money is labeled as research.
Does that mean you are on the wrong drug - not necessarily - so don't throw out your medications just yet.
The forum is not a place to practice scare tactics to try to influence people who may already be vulnerable. If you have a story to share re your own experience with a drug or device, that is acceptable. Asking the members to please post their fears to convince a phobic individual that their emotional fears are from Bystolic is not acceptable.
Patients need to advocate for themselves and know the reason, dose, frequency, route and side effects of each medication they are on.
HealingWell is not in the business of investigative reporting.
HealingWell should never take the place of professional medical care.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."