Payments to doctors 'should be posted online'


DOES your doctor have a financial interest in the treatment you are being prescribed? To address such concerns, a report by the US Institute of Medicine released on Tuesday suggests that all payments by drug and medical devices companies to doctors, scientists and patient groups in the US be posted publicly online. As well as informing patients, the hope is that this will deter lavish payments to doctors and to researchers testing the drugs. “Companies may be less likely to pay large sums of money,” suggests Timothy Jost of the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington,
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