Editorial: Hydroxychloroquine - Listen to doctors, not the Clorox guy

It’s no secret that patients greatly influence their doctor’s decisions about drug prescriptions. Think a medical provider never writes a prescription for a drug simply because a patient pleads for it? Happens all the time. As a 1997 survey of patients and doctors found, nearly one-in-four prescriptions aren’t “strictly indicated on purely medical grounds.” That’s why pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars on TV ads with the tag line, “ask your doctor about” whatever the new drug. They know what happens, particularly if the drug in question is already widely prescribed, and therefore judged “safe.” (Balt Sun)

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