For patients of all ages, injuries can occur when drugs are improperly prescribed, compounded or dispensed. But what if you get the wrong drug for your condition because a doctor is being paid by the drug company?
In December, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) revealed changes to its marketing practices. The company is addressing questions about payments to physicians who speak about its products to other healthcare providers. GSK and other pharmaceutical companies have traditionally provided financial perks to physicians who discuss their products. The benefits of such drug promotion might include:
For many, the collaboration of doctors and drug companies appears to weaken the ethical and medical objectivity of healthcare providers. Doctors receiving compensation from a drug company can be influenced by the information — and the money — they receive to push the drug.
In a move expected to be followed by other pharmaceutical manufacturers, GSK plans the following changes:
If you were injured by a prescription that was not appropriate for your condition, you may be a victim of an intentional medical marketing scheme. Speak with experienced legal counsel if seeking healthcare led to erroneous medical advice, service or medication in North Carolina.
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