February 24th, 2014

Ties Between Doctors and Drug Companies

By Linda Ong
Ozarks First

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar business, tasked with developing, producing, and marketing drugs to improve patient health. But financial ties between drug companies and physicians have been under growing scrutiny.
“Well certainly over the span of my career, the pharmaceutical industry has always had a relationship with physicians,” said Dr. Steven Dodge, who currently works as the program director for Missouri State University’s Physician Assistant Program.

Dr. Dodge practiced medicine for 30 years. He said close ties between doctors and drug companies, including gifting, trips, and other perks, have made the relationship difficult between the two to define."That’s a line that does get blurred,” he said. “A lot of our organizations are grappling with to make a correct definition.”

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