There's Nothing Free About Pharmaceut...

There's Nothing Free About Pharmaceutical Firms' Freebies -- Co...

There are 7 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Sep 13, 2007, titled There's Nothing Free About Pharmaceutical Firms' Freebies -- Co.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Q: I sat in the waiting room at a local doctors' office for hours while a relative was having tests.

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Newington, CT

#1 Sep 15, 2007
With regards to the first Q&A, I too have seen pharmaceutical reps "wining & dining" doctors to encourage them to recommend their company's products to patients. Once I had to see my doctor for a UTI and had to wait almost 45 minutes past my scheduled appt. because the doctor was lunching with one of these reps. Of course the costs are filtered down to the consumer and that is one of the reasons why we pay so much for prescriptions. Doctors have the ability to stop this by justing saying NO to these attempts to buy their loyalty. Until the Doctors do this, it will continue unabated.

Since: Apr 07

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#2 Sep 15, 2007
"These "Lunch and Learn" sessions are one way sales reps get face time with busy doctors, but the free lunches will ultimately be paid for at the pharmacy when patients pick up their prescriptions."

As well as the nifty drug ad you see a multitude of times on commercials. You know, the ones where you see the actor/doctor mouthing the name of the medication, the commercial attempting to sell you that medication.

The same coomercial that sends you in to your doctors office requesting that specific medicine.

So now an added facet, it is, you, the consumer/patient that fosters this advertising behavior. So I guess you can say the consumer not only pays for the 30 second commercial but is also responsible for it. You see, if you didn't ask by the medicine by name, the manufacturer wouldn't have a reason to spend millions in advertising, would they?

Since: Apr 07

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#3 Sep 15, 2007
Sorry for the misspellings, lack of coffee, or is it sleep?

Maybe I need some Ambien?

Manteca, CA

#4 Sep 15, 2007
Regarding the reader who asked how to reduce cholesterol without taking prescription drugs, head to the health food store. An ancient herb known as red yeast rice will reduce cholesterol without the side effects you mentioned. Take 600 mg every day. Also take 100 mg of the coenzyme Q10 for antioxident activity and heart health. The combined effort of these two supplements will lower cholesterol in three months.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#5 Sep 17, 2007
What a great site PeoplesPharmacy is!

I have a lot of respect for nature and for alternative health care providers who refuse to use toxins or carcinogens in their practices and who use drugs and surgery only as a last resort.

San Jose, CA

#7 Aug 27, 2011


#9 Sep 29, 2013
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from XTOP24 .COM about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.

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