Does Your Doc Know About Your Drug?
A recent survey shows many doctors haven’t been fully informed about possible side effects to the drugs they’re prescribing. According to the survey, when drug company sales reps visit doctors they rarely share information on common or serious side-effects to the drugs they’re promoting.
The study looked at Canada, the USA and France, finding the same disturbing lack of information in all three countries. Each of these countries does have laws in place requiring sales representatives to provide information on harm, as well as benefits, but mechanisms for enforcing these laws are limited.
So what does that mean for patients? As always, it’s important that patients take an active role in their health. Asking questions about harmful and common side effects, and discussing new drugs with a pharmacist is an absolute must!
Source: benefitsworld.com & National Post
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