The pharmaceutical industry makes me feel like a dirty, cheap whore.
Read this fantastic article by the New York Times “The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath” and then come back so we can continue our discussion.
Then read this article by the LA Times “When a Drug Costs Thirty Times What it Once Did”.
So when the Barbie and Ken types show up at my office to push their drugs, it makes me terribly frustrated. Many of them truly do not understand why. The plight of the average patient does not matter since it is just a paycheck.
Having to endure getting detailed (listening to drug reps try to explain why their drug is so much better than everyone else’s) so that I can receive free drugs to “help” my patients feels like prostitution.
You know what would help my patients? Affordable prescription drugs.
The industry argues that profit drives innovation. Sure. I get that. But how much profit is enough? And why does the US have to pay the price when the rest of the world does not?
Because we allow it.
So if you come to my office, you will see that drug reps are not allowed in the back to disrupt clinic flow. I will sign your pad only. Don’t talk to me. I don’t talk to them at lunches. I do not attend their dinners. I will write cheap generic prescriptions first whenever possible. If you are on a brand name medication that I have samples of, I will fill up a grocery sack of freebies so you don’t have to pay.
Because the pharmaceutical company pimps don’t have me yet.