Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker Gifts

The New York Times

By GARDINER HARRIS

As states begin to require that drug companies disclose their payments to doctors for lectures and other services, a pattern has emerged: psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty.

How this money may be influencing psychiatrists and other doctors has become one of the most contentious issues in health care. For instance, the more psychiatrists have earned from drug makers, the more they have prescribed a new class of powerful medicines known as atypical antipsychotics to children, for whom the drugs are especially risky and mostly unapproved.

Vermont officials disclosed Tuesday that drug company payments to psychiatrists in the state more than doubled last year, to an average of $45,692 each from $20,835 in 2005. Antipsychotic medicines are among the largest expenses for the state’s Medicaid program…

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  1. Viviane Marescot

    The faster psychiatric drugs gain recognition for its supposed effectiveness, the more supposed diagnosed diseases are coined and the less we actually know anything about its etiologies. The race for the cures to the most talked about fashionable diseases create an ever growing anarchic gold rush for economical gains while it’ll only succeed in crushing people’s minds! “Brain Candy “should never even be considered for children anyhow…

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