The Telegraph 5th April 2013 report that “UK-based doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals were given £40 million by big pharmaceutical companies in just one year, figures suggest.”
Very hard to stop this, and I myself have fallen into the habit of using drug company money to subsidise the postgraduate education of GP trainees in the past. Some countries insist that there is never a simple sales pitch without an alternative product or treatment opton beingpresented at the same time. It is also the scale which is worrying…. Bad Science is worth reading to realise how gullible doctors are..
Very few new drugs are researched on global need, rather the research budget is targetted at where the companies can develop profits, which means a G8 country that respects patents. New research is becoming more risky and more expensive… When I qualified there was a significant amount of governement funded research, but there is not much nowadays.. Should commissioning groups be able to ban certain drugs in a non-rationed system? Are the perverse incentives so great that Doctors should be stopped from seeing Drug Representatives?