Prescribing For Profit

Mind Hacks writes:

A new psychiatric journal called Clinical Schizophrenia is launching in April that will have a novel distribution policy.
If you’re in the top 70% of antipsychotic drug prescribers in America, you’ll get your copy free.

Since I’m lazy, I’ll just copy my comment from over there:

This is sleazy as hell – doctors should NEVER have financial incentives to prescribe something. Their only consideration should be what the patient needs for optimum health. Anything else would be a violation of the Hippocratic Oath.

The only real thing I care about in any sort of oath or commitment is that doctors always, always make their patients’ best interests their primary concern when making any decision. Everything else will follow from that. Yes, there are other thorny ethics issues that need to be sorted out, but as far as a professional/ethical commitment, that’s all I’m looking for.

  • Medical Ethics (Wikipedia)
  • U.S. Patients’ Bill of Rights (Wikipedia)
  • PBS Nova Discussion of The Hippocratic Oath
  • –YY

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