Friday, April 2, 2010
Pfizer has publicly come out and stated that it paid about $20 million to 4,500 doctors and other medical professionals for consulting and speaking on its behalf in the last six months of 2009. I took out a calculator and figured that this came out to an average of $4444 per doctor. Holy crap! Obviously not every doctor gets the same amount because anything worth $25 or more and totaling $500 or more during the six-month period was disclosed. In other words, some got small little meals while others were getting ridiculous amounts of money. Before you exalt our esteemed academic centers you should know that Pfizer also paid $15.3 million to 250 of them for clinical trials in the same period. That averages around $61,200 each. Remember, that is only in the last six months and ONLY ONE DRUG COMPANY!
My office doesn't do staff drug lunches. I am the only medical partner that even talks to the pharma reps. A few times a week I will talk to a rep at a scheduled five to ten minute meeting in our break room. They usually bring a protein bar and a vitamin water for me. And I feel guilty for that! Damn, I have been missing out on some major cash over the years.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 4:49 AM