Doctors Being Paid By Pharmaceutical Companies Can Lead To Medical Malpractice

Drug company records show that a number of Connecticut physicians are both top prescribers of certain drugs and receiving extra benefits – speaking fees, consulting fees, and gifts from the same companies who make those drugs.

This from the West Hartford News (7/31/12):  “West Hartford (physician) was the state’s top prescriber of Invega, an antipsychotic medication marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. She also was in the top five prescribers of Zyprexa, an antipsychotic marketed by Eli Lilly, in 2008 and 2009.

Drug company reports show Janssen paid this West Hartford doctor $11,900 in speaking fees and travel expenses in 2010. Eli Lilly paid her $26,000 as a speaker in 2009 and more than $47,000 for speaking and travel in 2010.

Similarly, in 2010 and 2011, a doctor from Fairfield was the state’s No. 1 prescriber of Actiq, narcotic pain medication with a high potential for abuse, manufactured by Cephalon. State records show he wrote out 105 prescriptions in 2011 — more than double the number of the second-highest prescriber. From 2008 to 2011, he also was among the top four prescribers of the painkiller OxyContin, marketed by Purdue.

In 2010 and 2011, this Fairfield doctor was a consultant and speaker for Cephalon, which paid him more than $31,000. He also is a consultant and speaker for Purdue…..”

And there are many more Connecticut doctors who are accepting fees like these two.

Patient advocates have long decried this practice as wrong and as bad medicine – with huge potential to lead to inappropriate and even dangerous prescriptions – and medical malpractice. Thanks to the federal Affordable Care Act – drug companies must now disclose these payments. It is up to all of us to remain vigilant.

If you are ever the victim of medical malpractice call a qualified Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

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