Doctors Being Paid By Pharmaceutical Companies Can Lead To Medical Malpractice

Drug company records show that a number of Connecticut Doctors being paid by pharmaceutical companies can lead to medical malpracticephysicians are both top prescribers of certain drugs and receiving extra benefits – speaking fees, consulting fees and gifts from the same companies who make those drugs.

This from the West Hartford News (7/31/12):  “West Hartford (physician) was the state’s topprescriber of Invega, an antipsychotic medication marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. She also was in the top five prescribers of Zyprexa, an antipsychotic marketed by Eli Lilly, in 2008 and 2009.

Drug company reports show Janssen paid this West Hartford doctor $11,900 in speaking fees and travel expenses in 2010. Eli Lilly paid her $26,000 as a speaker in 2009, and morethan $47,000 for speaking and travel in 2010.

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