Physicians receiving industry payments boast higher rates of brand-name prescribing: 5 points

Megan Wood -   Print  |

Boston-based Harvard Medical School researchers analyzed the connection between physician payments and higher rates of brand-name drug prescribing, according to ProPublica.

JAMA Internal Medicine published the study.


Here are five points:


1. The study found industry payments to Massachusetts physicians correlated with higher brand-name drug prescriptions for high cholesterol.


2. A physician's brand-name statin prescribing rate increased 0.1 percent for every $1,000 in industry payment.


3. Brand-name statins exceed generics cost by two to four times.


4. The researchers clarified many factors impact the brand-name prescribing rates, and they are not suggesting a causal relationship.


5. The study authors hope the results will push for reduced industry influence.


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