When Doctors are Paid to Endorse Drugs
Interview: Tracy Weber, journalist
We begin today with the national investigation into the ties between doctors and the drug industry.
Itís no secret that pharmaceutical companies pay doctors to promote their drugs.
A recent investigation by Pro Publica, a national non-profit consortium of investigative journalists, found that some doctors are paid $100,000 to 200,00 per year for speaking at dinner meetings or making sales pitches at continuing education seminars.
Ultimately, the Pro Publica reporters raised this question: do those payments change the way those doctors care for their patients?
Today, lead reporter Tracy Weber discusses the group's findings with Sound Medicineís David Crabb, MD.
As an aside, several years ago, Dr. Crabb took the controversial step of banning free meals and other perks offered by pharmaceutical reps visiting physicians and students at the IU School of Medicine.