PsychCentral has a recent blog article on Big Pharma’s ways of getting your doc to prescribe the latest and greatest.

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/09/02/a-how-to-guide-to-getting-doctors-to-prescribe-your-drug/

I’ve seen this tactic throughout my professional career.  The gifts from pharma that I’ve seen ranged from exquisite meals (no lobster or clambakes, though I did have seafood salad once) to pens, to Post-Its, to glow in the dark balls.  The best pharmacy gift I ever saw was a mug that said Haldol (a powerful antipsychotic, similar to Thorazine) on it.  I remember sitting with my supervisor once going over cases while she was drinking coffee from a Haldol mug and thinking, “oh, if only…”  🙂

I’m glad to see that these practices are being questioned, although I’ll miss the gel pens I used to get from the people who sold Depakote.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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5 Responses to PsychCentral has a recent blog article on Big Pharma’s ways of getting your doc to prescribe the latest and greatest.

  1. Nate Blanchard says:

    This is some sort of joke, right?

    Psychcentral.com is hugely underwritten by big pharma.

    Their article is like Exxon throwing a bone to the environmental movement.

    You shouldn’t be worried about pharma Post-its and pens.

    You should be worried about what a suffering person who turns to Dr. Grohol’s House of Meds sees when they are seeking basic information about manic depression, and finds this: http://i39.tinypic.com/v5wl5c.jpg

  2. Wow. Not a lot of real estate left for content, there. LOL!

    Yeah, it may have been a bone at the anti-Pharma community.

    Nate

  3. Red96 says:

    The citizens are the members of the civil society, bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority; they equally participate in its advantages. ,

  4. Nate Prentice says:

    Well, I guess that’s pretty deep.

  5. Red81 says:

    So I told her to go out along the sidewalk, find a grownup, and tell them mommy needs an ambulance. ,

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