Should There Be a Ban on Drug Industry Payments to Physicians?
A recent study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that receipt of payments from the drug industry is associated with physician prescribing practices. The medical community has pushed back on banning industry payments, arguing that accepting this money does not harm patients. Many physicians rely on industry to learn about new drugs and some physicians provide insights to pharmaceutical companies that help drive new innovations. However, evidence that industry payments encourage doctors to prescribe expensive, unsafe, or unnecessary drugs is mounting.
The medical community has resisted banning industry payments; however, a recent study found that these payments may encourage doctors to prescribe expensive, unsafe, or unnecessary drugs. Are you for or against a ban on drug industry payments to doctors?
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