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Re: Doctor visit

I work with a guy whose wife is office manager for a group practice. About six docs, I think. Every friday a drug company has one of Sarasota's better caterers provide their lunch. I thought this might end--or at least slow down--after the IRS announced last year it was going to consider such perks to be income, but it hasn't skipped a beat.

On Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 05:17 AM, Melody wrote:

I'd rather agree with him on this one, Jim. Look at the price of the new
nonsteroidals like Vioxx and Celebrex vs. the cost of over the counter
ibuprofen. The only clinical difference between these drugs is their
supposed GI profiles, put forth by the drug companies that Vioxx and
Celebrex cause less intestinal bleeding disorders than ibuprofen. Okay,
but is that worth a mark-up of 8-10 times over what ibuprofen costs? And
yet, to a physician and an older patient to whom such things might be of
great consequence, this might make the costs seem worth it and the drug
companies play this angle for all it's worth.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Wed 07/21, james singer < jsinger@igc.org > wrote:
From: james singer [mailto: jsinger@igc.org]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 17:42:15 -0400
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Doctor visit

Really? Which drug is that? I want to ask my doctor if it's right for
<br>me. Hey! already got nose bleeds and headaches.<br><br>On a somewhat
sober note, Florida's AG, who is a Democrat [and a <br>perpetual thorn
in the side of the Gov], thinks drug manufacturers are <br>inflating
cost to gouge the Medicaid program.<br><br>On Wednesday, July 21, 2004,
at 02:47 PM, David Franzman wrote:<br><br>> I always have this vision of
people wasting the doctors time with <br>> questions<br>> about drugs
that have nothing to do with them at all. As if the <br>> doctors<br>>
aren't busy enough. One of the side effects of a certain drug is <br>>
rectal<br>> bleeding. I would have to have a very horrible disease to
put up with<br>> rectal bleeding as a side effect!<br>><br>>
DF<br>><br>> ----- Original Message -----<br>> From: "Kitty"
<kmrsy@comcast.net><br>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>> Sent: Wednesday,
July 21, 2004 11:23 AM<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Doctor
visit<br>><br>><br>>> I think their marketing teams have decided that
just giving a hint <br>>> like<br>> that<br>>> will encourage your
curiosity, which stimulates interest so you will <br>>> ask<br>>> your
doctor. Then, since the subject has been brought up, he/she'll<br>>
discuss<br>>> its benefits with you. Otherwise, he may be too busy to
bring it up.<br>> Even<br>>> if it is not applicable to you, the more
often your doctor hears a <br>>> patient<br>>> ask, "What's this Nexium
I've been seeing on TV?", the more it <br>>> reinforces<br>>> the brand
name in the doctor's head and the greater the likelyhood <br>>>
he/she<br>>> will prescribe it when indicated.<br>>><br>>>
Kitty<br>>><br>>> ----- Original Message -----<br>>> From:
<Zemuly@aol.com><br>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>>> Sent: Wednesday,
July 21, 2004 12:49 PM<br>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Doctor
visit<br>>><br>>><br>>>> In a message dated 7/21/2004 5:04:29 AM Central
Standard Time,<br>>>> mhobertm@excite.com writes:<br>>>><br>>>> they
tell people to ask their<br>>>> doctor for these drugs but they never

tell them what the drugs are<br>>>> supposed to treat!!
DUH!<br>>>><br>>>><br>>>><br>>>> I've noticed that, too. Sometimes I
think the ads should be on<br>> "Saturday<br>>>> Night Live" as spoofs.
They are really ridiculous.<br>>>><br>>>> zem<br>>>><br>>>>
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