To give you a little insight… my neurologist is not apart of a group per se. He just added a second doctor as my doctor is approaching retirement age. So for whatever reason the receptionist/nurse just got a whole lot more of respect from me in the way she manages these pharmaceutical reps and their pushy agendas. I can only imagine what an entire week is like when i only saw 5 minutes.
So as I sat in the waiting room for my regular neurology appointment, I witnessed something I’d only ever seen every now and again at physicians offices while I sit in their waiting rooms waiting for my name to be called. Today was to be different. Today I would be swarmed by pharmaceutical reps – 5 in less than 5 minutes – all come bearing their free samples of their multi million if not billion dollar babies – their asking price for said samples? A little face time with the man who would prescribe their miracle drugs with a hefty price tag attached to it.
The comedy in it is they look at other reps like their drug is better then the other reps drug when in reality – they are not doctors or even scientists. They do not possess the necessary education or practice to make that judgement on which medication would be better suited to the patient, but from what I saw between a couple of these reps was nothing short of a stare down contest or maybe better described as a professional pissing contest.
So “reps” – a little reality check – the world is full of enough assholes – you are not hot shit – you didn’t invent the drug – you are a modern day door to door drug dealer. So how about treating the medical staff with respect and stop the ass kissing. The physicians will be the one to decide if your medication is right for the patient – they aren’t going to prescribe it to every Tom, Dick and Harry that goes through the door just because you laid on the smooze and offer up a free dinner.
Don’t get me wrong, they are a necessary part of the medical system where the free samples of their patented medicines aid in those people who can not afford their medicines otherwise – even with a prescription plan. But even with the generics, without insurance its painful to imagine any person that is considered low income or poverty have to make decisions -like my medicine or groceries. So by all means – pile on the freebies, your companies make more than enough money. But the unfortunate folks who need your medications – don’t need to hear your bullshit that goes with it. If that isn’t possible, let’s add at least one more warning to the plethora of side effects to medications:
WARNING: This product may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Other side effects may include: headache, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth or irritability. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience shortness of breath or heart palpations. Do not stop this medication without consulting your doctor as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Consult your counselor if you have a sudden urge to punch the drug reps in the face. Contact your lawyer if said urge manifests into reality.