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News2007October › Doctor Training: Drug companies invest in their salesforce › October 2007

Doctor Training: Drug companies invest in their salesforce

Ever wondered why doctors usually reach for the prescription pad, rather than thinking of other - and less toxic - alternatives?

Ever wondered why doctors usually reach for the prescription pad, rather than thinking of other - and less toxic - alternatives?

The answer may be found in a study into America's medical schools, which found that most of them were being funded by a drug company or two.

Two-thirds of the 125 medical schools and teaching hospitals surveyed were receiving some funding from a drug company, either through research grants, purchase of equipment, and even 'discretionary' funds to buy food and drink for the students. The beneficence continued on an individual level, with 60 per cent of the departmental heads receiving some funding from a drug company.

(Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2007; 298: 1779-86).

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