Ask your doctor if he’s ever gotten a free meal or other benefits from the pharma company that makes the medicine that he or she prescribes to you:
Findings published by JAMA Internal Medicine suggest that even a single free meal can boost the likelihood a doctor will prescribe a certain drug
Drug-sales representatives routinely bring free food and beverages to doctors’ offices in an effort to get face time to promote their medicines. They also invite doctors to free dinners at restaurants to hear other doctors speak about certain drugs.
The industry says the practice helps to educate doctors about the appropriate use of new medicines. Critics say it can improperly influence medical decisions and inflate drug costs.
The full research paper is here:
Pharmaceutical Industry–Sponsored Meals and Physician Prescribing Patterns for Medicare Beneficiaries