Big Pharma’s unhealthy reach

There is no such thing as a free lunch and, as usual, the taxpayer picks up the bill

13th November, 2016

The issue of pharmaceutical industry payments to physicians and healthcare organisations has received significant attention in medical literature in recent years.

The medical literature provides ample evidence that such payments influence the behaviour of clinicians.

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association [IPHA] now publishes data on payments to healthcare organisations and individual professionals. This featured in last week’s edition of The Sunday Business Post, which highlighted that doctors and other healthcare professionals in Ireland received €6.8...

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