Free drug samples for doctors may end up costing patients a lot: Study : LIFE : Tech Times

| April 19, 2014

“Them that’s got shall get, them that’s not shall lose…” Or we believe that’s the way the song goes. We don’t begrudge anyone making money, but this is just like with political contributions—folks don’t give out freebies just to give out freebies; there’s always a cost on the back end of a “free” lunch. Again, we understand why there is aloud chorus of folks yelling that there’s no need for healthcare reform. And while you see some common folks carrying the signs, you’d better believe it’s the monied class behind the scenes who is writing the script. Makes you wonder about your prescriptions, eh?

Free drug samples for doctors may end up costing patients a lot: Study

By Jim Algar, Tech Times

Prescription drugsFree drug samples may be pushing doctors to prescribe expensive medications over cheaper generic options, study finds. The result can be higher costs for both patients and health insurers.

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A patient given a free sample of a prescription medication by their doctor may consider it a good deal, but the samples may be leading doctors to prescribe a more expensive drug than is necessary, a U.S. study found.

In a study focusing on dermatologists, researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine say those doctors given free samples to dispense to patients are more likely to write prescriptions for those expensive drugs than physicians without access to samples are prescribing.

The average retail-level price of the medications prescribed by dermatologists who have access to free samples was around about twice that of those issued by dermatologists working at a university medical center where accepting such samples is prohibited, the researchers reported.

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