Summary Of Stephanie Saul's Drug Makers Pay For Lunch

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A doctor should always take into consideration what is best for their patients without being influenced by anyone. In Stephanie Saul’s article “Drug Makers Pay for Lunch as they Pitch” she discusses how pharmaceutical companies use free lunches as an incentive to influence Doctors to prescribe their brand drugs. Many see this situation of pharmaceutical companies purchasing meals for a Doctor’s entire office as not having any effect on the doctor’s decision to prescribe their brand. The reality is that these free lunches do influence a doctor to prescribe a certain brand drug when writing a patient’s prescription. A doctor should consider what is the best option for a patient something that is affordable and if the case is that a name brand drug is the best option it should not be influenced by the pharmaceutical company in any way. Pharmaceutical companies know that purchasing meals for a doctor’s office will increase the possibility of that doctor prescribing their brand. According to a TIME magazine’s article a study published by the …show more content…

Dr. John G. Scott, assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, explains that “some offices get breakfast and lunch every day” because drug companies see the benefits that it would bring them. These companies consider free meals for a doctor’s office as an investment because they know they are going to get far more profits from their drugs sales. If drugs companies did not consider that providing free meals for a doctor’s office will be beneficial for their own interest they would not even waste their money purchasing free meals. This type of action is just costing the patient more money because many generic brand drugs provide the same benefits as a name

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