Sunday, October 23, 2011

Big Payouts From Big Pharma

"A dozen pharmaceutical companies have given doctors and other healthcare providers more than $760 million over the past two years - and those companies' sales comprise 40 percent of the U.S. market... The payments, says Pro Publica, are for consulting, speaking, research and expenses on the part of the providers."

"With bucks that big flying around, is the quality of care offered by providers accepting them compromised? 'Money works,' Santa told Early Show co-anchor Russ Mitchell. 'Doctors are human. Doctors who take money from drug companies are more likely to give you an expensive drug or more likely to give you a drug you may not need."

You can read the entire story HERE on the CBS News website (and watch the video).

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