Doctors Can Think For Themselves
Something I found to be absolutely true, in my experience, and that of the many, many other MDs I know:
The billions that drug companies spend on personal visits to promote new drugs and hand out free samples to doctors have little effect on how doctors prescribe drugs, according to a study published on Wednesday.
Not only that, but I have never written a prescription just because the patient asked for it, nor do I know any MD who does that. [Granted, Ob/Gyns are not on the frontlines of colds and flu, but I've had my share of inappropriate pain meds requests.]