MPs’ report criticises influence of drugs industry on GP prescribingBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39462.487025.4E (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:111
- Zosia Kmietowicz
Too many GPs are influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, which spends £850m (€1130m; $1670m) every year on marketing its products in primary care, says a report from the Public Accounts Committee, the government’s spending watchdog.
And the NHS spends at least £200m more than it should on medicines because GPs do not heed official guidelines and continue to prescribe branded medicines rather than generics, says the report.
The committee’s comments follow a survey by the National Audit Office which found that one in five GPs said their prescribing choices were swayed …