If you think the American medical system isn't a disgrace, check out this article. Pharma sales is outright bribery. In the record business 60 years ago, the Payola scandal changed how record sales people would work with radio station programmers and disc jockeys after bribes were exposed. That was a pay for air play. In the liquor business, men with black bags full of money walked into bars and helped the owners "choose" a brand. In the 1990s, I took my first and only trip to Indianapolis to meet with the VIOXX team at Pfizer. There, my company presented the incentive gifts for the doctors who would prescribe the drug - long since removed from the market for killing. The gifts included diamond earrings for wives and girlfriends. Reps still bring lunch and donuts and the like to doctors. I've seen the young men and women, tidily dressed with their briefcases, sitting earnestly in the waiting room. Me? I'd bring lunch too. Here's your knuckle sandwich!
In a trial in Boston, Massachusetts (home to the Puritans, ha ha), a pharma exec is said to have given a lap dance to a doctor in a bid for opioid drug sales. In the midst of the "#MeToo" movement, where women are clamoring against sexual harassment, some women will still use their feminine wiles to get what they want: sales commissions. Power. Success!!! Mama mia. You know what? I don't give a rat's patooty if women use sex for success. That's part of liberation and choice. If she wasn't forced. If she made the decision to go for the doctor's weak point, that's hers to decide. But make no bones about it - MEDICINE IS FILTHY. Your health does not come first. Or second. Or third. It's a game of sales, commissions, quotas, getting patients in and out of the office in 9 minutes and bowing to pharma and medical device companies. To think otherwise is quaint at best.
Vaccines are no different except it's the government giving the lap dances to doctors while the patients get... well, this is a family blog. You know what word to insert.
A former pharmaceutical executive accused of joining in a scheme to bribe doctors into prescribing a powerful painkiller once gave a lap dance to a doctor the company was pressuring to get his patients on the drug, her onetime colleague said Tuesday.
Jurors heard the testimony on the second day of the closely watched federal trial in Boston against Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor and four other former executives. They include Sunrise Lee, whom prosecutors have described as a former exotic dancer who was hired to be a regional sales manager even though she had no experience in the pharmaceutical world.
The executives are charged with conspiring to pay doctors kickbacks in the form of fees for sham speaking events that were billed as opportunities for other physicians to learn about the drug, a highly addictive fentanyl spray. In reality, prosecutors say, the events were mainly social gatherings for doctors and their friends to enjoy a fancy meal.