October 6, 2011

The Drug Rep Debate


Some miss them. Some have moved on. Docs weigh in on the value of pharmaceutical reps… Nearby at Mayo Clinic, hospitalist Christopher McCoy, M.D., says Mayo physicians get “excellent information” from clinical pharmacists, who answer questions about dosing, interactions, and appropriate uses. For information about newer meds, they sometimes rely on other Mayo physicians, who are experts on that particular drug. For example, McCoy’s internal medicine hospitalist group recently invited a cardiologist to talk about dabigatran, a new anticoagulant. “I’ve never heard a Mayo physician lament no longer having the opportunity to meet with a drug rep,” he says.

Minnesota Medicine, by Howard Bell, 10/6/11

Tags: Pharmacology

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