PDA

View Full Version : What's with all the drug company reps?



clancy
06-18-2008, 11:57 AM
Everytime I go to my doctor's office there are sales people from the drug companies there. I have seen as many as 8 at one time all waiting to see the doctor. They all carry tablet laptops and the doctor gives his signature to each one.

What's going on?

Katherine
06-18-2008, 11:59 AM
$$$$$$$$$

Vince Brennan
06-18-2008, 12:06 PM
$$$$$$$$$ indeed, as well as samples, trips, you name it.

One of the reasons you pay so much for drugs is the enormous advertizing budgets for each one. Often, a drug company will have a completely separate sales force for each drug they manufacture and, in the end, you're paying for it. Just think of the myriad of notepads, pens, drinking bottles, leatherette appointment booklets, cell-phone covers, desk sets, letter openers, keychains, collapsible umbrellas and on and on... all that comes out of the sale price of each tablet you take for that condition and contributes to it's egregious cost.

Still, it's a free-market economy, innit, and that keeps all the little "novelty" companies in business, so....

Katherine
06-18-2008, 12:10 PM
One thing I've learned is that when a supplier wishes to wine and dine you, it isn't because they like you. There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

JBreeze
06-18-2008, 12:16 PM
I think the dr. has to sign for the "free samples" the reps drop off.....all the lot numbers, etc, have to be tracked in event of a recall.

Try to get an appointment just before lunch sometime....the reps wheel in stacks of food for the doctors+staff.:D

My doctor's office looks like a NASCAR site....kleenex with one drug companies product labeled on the outside of the box, clock has another product, pens and office supplies sponsored by another, "educational posters" provided by another, etc.

Worst was last time, when a very cute female rep. was humping a prostate enlargement pill....I was tempted to tell her to stick her finger up my a$$ and see if her drug was working well.

And behind the scenes, you have no idea of the amount of money that flows for "educational" dinners, consultations, seminars at resorts, etc.

Enough to make one puke!

Bob Cleek
06-18-2008, 12:23 PM
Then there's the endless television commercials telling us what to prescribe for ourselves! Seems like nationalizing the pharmaceutical industry wouldn't be such a bad idea. If we can put a man on the moon and a robot on Mars, a pill that makes your dick stiff ought to be a piece of cake.

Popeye
06-18-2008, 12:26 PM
a pill that makes your dick stiff ought to be a piece of cake.never thought of that , but i'll try it later on

chocolate or vanilla icing?

Andrew Craig-Bennett
06-18-2008, 12:29 PM
It does not happen here...

Captain Blight
06-18-2008, 12:33 PM
That's a great thought, next time a drug company rep is ignoring me I'll ask her to check my prostate and while we're at it, the ongoing efficacy of Viagra.

That'll work.


Yeah.

Thermo
06-18-2008, 12:44 PM
All the best free junk always has some cryptic new drug name written on it - pens, free calculators,canvas bags, anything. And somehting like "coplaxinz™" The higher end junk always seems to come from these guys - (except for that one free USB 256mb thumb drive I have that the local Community College's recruiter gave out.)

SamSam
06-18-2008, 02:49 PM
Everytime I go to my doctor's office there are sales people from the drug companies there. I have seen as many as 8 at one time all waiting to see the doctor. They all carry tablet laptops and the doctor gives his signature to each one.

What's going on?

They're dealin drugs. The "free samples" are the same as any dis reputable drug dealers free bump or free joint. You'll be back. And bring some money.

Yeadon
06-18-2008, 03:11 PM
I'll admit a bit of cluelessness on the costs involved, but I don't think that the free collateral leave-behinds like cell phone protectors are a driving force that is raising the cost of health care.

Once I figure out what actually is, I'll report back.

Vince Brennan
06-18-2008, 03:41 PM
I'll admit a bit of cluelessness on the costs involved, but I don't think that the free collateral leave-behinds like cell phone protectors are a driving force that is raising the cost of health care.

Once I figure out what actually is, I'll report back.

Not directly the reason.... it's symptomatic.

JBreeze
06-18-2008, 03:45 PM
Here is my guess:

There are roughly 100,000 sales reps in the US, calling on roughly 800,000+ doctors....a 1:8 ratio.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmaceutical_marketing

It probably costs at least $250,000/year to support a sales rep....salary, benefits, commission, car, paraphenalia, dining and educational and other business expenses. In total, say $25 billion.

That's a small amount relative to the size of the market....but what do you get for it?

Any "new" drug that is unique or a major improvement will be known to doctors almost immediately with today's communications.

So what does the rep do? Ties up the doctor, makes patients wait, hangs around hospital pharmacies and gets in the way, tells bad jokes, etc.

Best I can tell, the only thing they are good for is a free meal and the profession serves as welfare for prom queens and guys who think real estate and used car sales are beneath them:D

Vince Brennan
06-18-2008, 03:48 PM
A.K.A. "Feather Merchants".