As part of our continuing look at ethics in healthcare policy, this month we’re examining the question of the role, responsibility and relationship of Big Pharma and prescribing physicians in our HExN poll.
Given the recent antics of former Turing pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Skrelli – who infamously raised the cost of a life-saving drug many-fold with an honest, but boldface justification that his profit margins were too low – the industry as a whole now faces greater scrutiny and calls for regulations to control not only pricing … but also, perhaps, availability, marketing and off-label use.
Some are also advocating review or ban of television commercials touting the many benefits (and dangerous side-effects) of pharmaceuticals products and treating them as in a category like tobacco and alcohol. But, it doesn’t stop there as some think there should be an end to common industry practices of pharma promotions, perks and benefits doled out for endorsement, promotion and prescribing specific products to patients.
So, what do you think?.. Does big Pharma and the medical community have a responsibility to avoid conflicts of interest or compensation of any kind and what limits should be placed on consumer marketing? Take a look at some of these clips we gathered to explore the issues and vote in our new HExN poll.