Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Just When I Thought I'd Heard it All

The latest reason to prescribe a new drug (request made by a patient who works for the drug company that makes it):
How about writing Drug A for me. Sales of it have have gone up like crazy over the last six months.
Whether or not it's approved for his condition or can possibly do him any good.

Oy.

8 Comments:

At Thu Jan 22, 09:29:00 AM, Anonymous MBPharmD said...

Let me guess - Tekturna?

 
At Thu Jan 22, 07:06:00 PM, OpenID phoenixtoashes said...

And of course, if you did prescribe it, and it did nothing for him - maybe even made his condition worse, or even caused an allergic reaction, he'd probably quite promptly turn around and point the finger at you for prescribing it!

 
At Fri Jan 23, 06:09:00 AM, Blogger The R.N. formerly known as Angry Male Nurse said...

Money talks- but the good drugs make me walk, and walk, and walk, and then I take another drug to comfortably come down, and then another drug for the depression I get from all the fucked up shit I do when I'm on the sleeping drug (urinating on the neighbors car, putting my wife's lipstick in the toaster oven, lighting my boxer's on fire and flushing them down the toilet). It's all good though, my bed is a posturepedic. That makes the difference.
You know what I hear Dinosaur? That you PCP's are prescribing synthroid for depression/anxiety/exhaustion. TSH levels, BTW, are some of the most inaccurate labs ever to have blessed a pure white sheet of lab results. A good friend of mine got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism two weeks ago, she got bummed out, then got diagnosed with hypothyroidism this week after follow up labs.
Either way, she got samples.

 
At Fri Jan 23, 05:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he (or his darling spouse) owns stock in the pharmaceutical company.

Heh heh heh.

(Inside joke.)

Kensington MD

 
At Fri Jan 23, 07:55:00 PM, Blogger Rossweisse said...

Your patient is in sales, yes? This seems a simple instance of believing in the product, and its advertising, taken to an extreme.

 
At Sat Jan 24, 02:46:00 PM, Anonymous spynster57 said...

As my boss sometimes says, "You can't cure stupid." Maybe the drug companies should work on that too. : - ))

 
At Fri Jan 30, 10:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I get some Flomax and Byetta while you have the script pad out?? I know I'm female and not a diabetic, but they just look so yummy that I want some, TOO!! Pattie, RN

 
At Sat Jan 31, 05:02:00 PM, Blogger gmcfly said...

Reminds me of this comic:
http://www.marriedtothesea.com/120408/actual-medical-education.gif

 

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