Did You Know? Your Prescription for Brand Name Drugs May Have Ulterior Motives

The New York Times recently reported on a study by JAMA Internal Medicine, which found a link between doctors who were treated to meals by drug companies and an increase in prescribing that drug company's drug. The more meals doctors had, the more likely they were to prescribe the promoted drug.

Professor Dr. R. Adams Dudley, the senior author of the study, said that the drug information provided at these lunches inevitably serves the commercial interest of drug companies. He also noted that the cost of an alternative system of drug education would be minimal.