While I am a strong supporter of vitamins and nutritional supplements, I believe that it is wise to have a yearly examination by a competent and honest doctor. Sometimes I find it necessary to take a prescription medication for a short period of time. However, I ALWAYS make it my business to ask my doctor about the mode of biochemical action of ANY prescription written.
There is not A SINGLE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION THAT I KNOW OF THAT DOES NOT HAVE SOME NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS. When the POSITIVE effects far outweigh any negative effects, I feel confident that it is OK for me to take a prescription. As a married man, I do not believe that it is appropriate for me to suggest to my wife that she should, or should not, take any given medication. However, I often mention to my wife that a given medication that has been prescribed to her has certain negative effects. I then encourage her to talk to her doctor and ask if the given medication is correct for her.
This article, and other articles to follow, focuses on certain questions: 1) Do some doctors write too many prescriptions? 2) Do doctors write too many prescriptions of medications that have KNOWN NEGATIVE EFFECTS? 3) Do doctors allow pharmaceutical companies to influence their decisions to write prescriptions?
The Ohio medical board concluded that pain physician William D. Leak had performed ” UNNECESSARY ” nerve tests on 20 patients and subjected some to ” AN EXCESSIVE NUMBER OF INVASIVE PROCEDURES.” Even though the Ohio medical board posted this information on a PUBLIC WEBSITE, Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals employed this doctor as a promotional speaker. The company paid him $ 85,450.00 in 2009.
An investigation by ProPublica found HUNDREDS of doctors on pharmaceutical payrolls who had been accused of misconduct or WERE DISCIPLINED BY STATE MEDICAL BOARDS.
A common scam that is clearly unethical from my viewpoint involves a doctor who writes a prescription for a given drug that is available by a BRAND name and is therefore available from a specific company. Other companies have the same or similar medications, but the doctor uses only one company. It should not surprise you that that doctor will then receive a huge check from the given company for HIS USE AS A CONSULTANT. ( NOT ALL DOCTORS, OF COURSE ).
The pharmaceutical industry has more lobbyists in Washington, D.C. than anyone else. They even have more lobbyists than the defense industry and the banking industry!
In future articles, sanityandsense.com will discuss the effects of anti-cholesterol medications and antidepressants.
R. Van Conoley