Whatever Posted January 24, 2012 Share Posted January 24, 2012 An example of a relationship between doctors and pharma reps: http://www.pharmalot.com/2010/06/what-one-doctor-and-staff-want-for-lunch/ I have always been hyper aware of pharma reps when I am at a doctors office. It really angers me when they are allowed to walk in when there is a room full of patients waiting. But, I only saw that in psychiatrists offices. I have noticed there is type. They tend to be bubbly, slightly attractive females in cheap suits. Devoid of any intellectual curiosity or critical thinking skills. I like to think of them beauty pageant rejects. And I can tell you how they develop some of their sales approaches. When I was rebuilding my resume after my job history was ruined by polypharmacy I worked as a an Market Researcher in pharmaceutical research. My job was to solicit doctors to participate in a phone questioner for which they were paid anywhere from $100-$400 for a 20 minute interview. Some doctors offices slammed the phone on me, others jumped at the chance admitting they love doing these and really loved or needed the the money (I would like to imagine a nasty divorce and high alimony payments). The research was always about a specific drug and usually how to increase sales. I would ask them about their prescription habits, their belief about the causes of the disease it treats, how they treat it, what they thought about their competitors products. Usually the interview ended with the MD asking when they could expect their check. So they pick the doctors brains and use to devise their sales pitch. When I graduated from College with a useless degree in History, the career counselor suggested I go into "Pharmaceutical Sales". My reply was "you mean a drug pusher, no thanks". At that time I had no idea how much I would have hated that field. Withdrew cold turkey from six medications: Celexa, Zyprexa, Depakote, Ativan, Ambien and Phentermine in 2002. It has been 10 years since I told polypharmacy to take a hike and have joined this forum to let others know that success is possible and to hopefully save people from experiencing the suffering that I did under psychiatric "care". MY STORY "TENSION is when we try to be who we think we should be, RELAXATION is when we are who we really are." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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