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Is Your Doctor Being Paid by Big Pharma? Here’s How You Can Tell

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How much money does Big Pharma spend to schmooze your doctors and push its latest “solutions”? The stats and facts in the infographic below will astound you.

Worse, in many cases your trusted doctor isn’t even given the truth about the drugs he or she prescribes, as the giants of Big Pharma also spend exorbitant amounts of money to hide damning research and payoff lawsuits that result from their dishonesty and negligence.

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In fact, a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Invokana, a drug prescribed to lower blood sugar and improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes, alleges that “the manufacturer failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of kidney failure, heart attacks, and ketoacidosis,” noting that “if the manufacturer had given proper warnings, doctors would have prescribed a medication other than Invokana for patients with type 2 diabetes.”

And the sad truth is that this happens all the time. Despite the fact that there are many natural alternatives to common drugs, physicians rarely veer from “solutions” endorsed by the Big Pharma execs who offer them lavish gifts and vacations.

Is Your Doctor Being Paid by Big Pharma? Here’s How You Can Tell

In 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services made public all payments gifted to physicians and teaching hospitals. This includes all lunches, vacations, payments and perks dating back to the year 2013.

To search for your physician or hospital, simply visit the site Open Payments Data and use their search function to browse the numbers.

They launched the site as part of a national transparency program that aims to give the public a more honest picture of how their healthcare providers’ practices and treatment recommendations might be influenced.

This is especially valuable in the face of so many “drug mishaps.” One could argue that if a physician received a hefty monetary payment from a drug company, he or she might be inclined to prescribe it, even without a reliable understanding of the medication.

So how safe are your medications, really?

One may never know until it’s too late, but we recommend knowing the answers to these 15 questions before filling any prescription.

For more on how Big Pharma conglomerates snowball doctors and patients alike, check out our article Should You Always Do What Your Doctor Says?

In the meantime, here is the promised infographic on exacly how Big Pharma is spending big bucks to influence your physicians’ prescribing practices.

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