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Name Brand Prescriptions Higher in Offices That Receive Samples

Steve Wagner

A recent study published in JAMA Dermatology has shown that medical offices where prescription samples are accepted have a significantly higher rate (79% compared to 17%) of prescribing those sample brand prescriptions to patients. This study indicates the suggestion that some doctors are prescribing medications to their patients based on influence and affiliation, which could be seen as biased prescribing.

A couple of things for you to remember when you go to the doctor’s office:

  • Don’t ever hesitate to ask for a less expensive prescription, or for a generic. The majority of generic alternatives to more expensive name brand options have ingredient lists that are generally almost identical. If a prescription is different, hopefully your doctor will be able to tell you, but it never hurts to ask.
  • Make the most of your face time with your doctor by asking specific questions about anything which they are prescribing you. Take the time to ask about side effects, and make sure they have a detailed record of every other medication you are currently taking. Many medications do not mix well when taken together, and most doctors have very limited training and education in pharmaceuticals they don’t prescribe, and are not going to be aware of what another doctor prescribes you unless you share that information.

Just like every other profession, a doctor’s knowledge is limited to their specific area. Take the time to help your doctor, by explaining your specific situation, help them gather all of the information they need for your diagnosis, and don’t assume they know everything about you and your medical history if they only treat you for a specific issue, or have not treated you for an extended period of time.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in our country according to the CDC, and prescription drug overdose now causes more deaths than illegal drug usage. For all the benefits and blessings the medical field gives us, we certainly cannot trust that medications come without risks and complications.

If you have been prescribed a bad drug mix, or if your loved one has overdosed on a prescription drug mixture that was unsafe for consumption, the drug and medical malpractice lawyers at Wagner Reese can help you fight back and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering.


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