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Old 01-22-2018, 16:26   #1
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Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are now required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U.S. teaching hospitals for promotional talks, research and consulting, among other categories. Use this tool to search for general payments (excluding research and ownership interests) made from August 2013 to December 2015. Dollars for Docs
Does this concern you? Why? Why not?

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Did you look up your doctor(s)?

I did. The GP was $100 - most likely lunches.

The Rheumy was $4,000 - now I wonder what that was for????

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I hope I'm wrong in my assessment but in this day and age the value of life tends to be equated with how much money can be made off an individual with a health condition.

The perks that have been allegedly offered to physicians to endorse a particular product I think likely happens more than we realize. Many physicians give out free samples, have posters (advertisements for a particular brand) in their offices and this way of doing things is completely legal.

In radio they called it payola.

I think it's important that Patients (and that's us) have the means to see what our doctor's endorse and what companies pay them be it cold hard cash, vacations, conferences etc, as it may bring in to question the motives of a particular prescription or physician behavior (ideology).

We place a tremendous trust in Big Pharma with some very disastrous results - thalidomide is a good example of past disasters, opiates are good example of a present day disasters.

As consumers it is important to make an informed decision so being required by law to release details of payments to a variety of doctors and U.S. teaching hospitals for promotional talks, research and consulting, among other categories ... is a wonderful idea in my opinion.

And those who have complete trust in the current Pharma-Health System will likely never check things like "Dollars for Docs" because obviously they won't care.

I hope I don't sound too jaded

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I cant recall where endorsing a product by a Dr I had made a difference in my decision to either stay with a Dr or where I refused to use a product because the DR may have been influenced by added compensation. In the times i have decided to opt for another medical option or product it was because of the research i did or my own experience

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I first noticed the Dollars for Docs a couple of months ago. It confirmed some of my assumptions. For my GP the list of drugs covers just about every pain or disease that is seen in family practice medicine. The dollars for each are low, most likely for lunches, but the total for the year is alarming ($10-16K). This has indeed opened my eyes to modern medicine.

Going forward it is something I will always keep in the back of my mind with my visits.

Prior to going keto I was the obedient patient and very passive; I did everything the physician recommended without question. Since going keto I am in more control of the visit and have more directed questions. Not sure if my physician is truly interested in how I am progressing for his own education or if he feels he will lose a patient if he pushes back and says a keto lifestyle cannot be sustained indefinitely. Time will tell.

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Looking at my primary doctor, not sure how much he is influenced with $20-$30 meals. He totaled around $1400 over 3 years. I do wonder what educational item he got for a value of $10?

On the other end of the scale I see some getting million$. Those I wonder about. The endo I saw once was showing to have received $75K. His preferred drug to prescribe was Actos and he thought the bladder cancer lawsuits against it were all hog wash. Wonder what made him think that?

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Prior to going keto I was the obedient patient and very passive; I did everything the physician recommended without question. Since going keto I am in more control of the visit and have more directed questions. Not sure if my physician is truly interested in how I am progressing for his own education or if he feels he will lose a patient if he pushes back and says a keto lifestyle cannot be sustained indefinitely. Time will tell.
While addressing several medical issues this past year (some serious, some less so), for some reason, I became a better consumer of my own medical care.

Perhaps because the ADA model of diabetic care followed by many practitioners does not resonate with me, I became interested in alternatives like LCHF. Once I decided to give LCHF a shot, I realized I had to be able to explain to the practitioner why I didn't want to follow "protocol". (This site was a primary source of information in that, btw.) I'm lucky that my practitioner is not fossilized; she's willing to let me try it my way if the results appear. I never get the impression from her that I can't (or shouldn't) stick it out. That I got from the diabetes educator...

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WOW...my GP received almost $15K. Now that is not surprising but it is disturbing. Fortunately I am very watchful of what I take and have turned down meds he has suggested. I am control of my body...not him. Doing research on prescribed drugs is the only way to ensure our bodies are safe. Sure would like to know what he received that money for though.

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There are no numbers for the Veteran's Administration, but the local doctor I had before changing over was paid $1,800. That doesn't surprise me because the pharmacy reps could be seen at that clinic all the time. The clinic gave out lots of samples as that was the only way some patients could get medication that would be denied by Medi-cal.

As for me, I check out all medication on http://www.drugs.com. My medical records show I have a compliance problem.

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My medical records show I have a compliance problem. [/QUOTE]

I think my medical record in 2018 may reflect the above as well.... based on what I am about to share....

I decided on New Year's Day 2018 to begin reducing my metformin and see what impact, if any, there is. I was on 1000mg 2X a day up until December 31st 2017. So, I decided to reduce it by 25%; so now I am only on 1500 mg total for the day. There is been no change in my fasting or post meal numbers when I compare to dose I was taking back in December.

Yesterday, Jan 30th, marked my fifth anniversary of being diagnosed as a Type 2. Tomorrow, Feb 1st I will reduce my dose by another 25% and see what my numbers are. If I do not see a change for the worse over time then I will stick to this regimen. Otherwise, I will bring the dose back up 25%. The same will apply when we get to March.

Next time I am due for an A1C test is late March or April. I will let my physician know after the blood work is done; hopefully it does not backfire on me


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