MPs’ report criticises influence of drugs industry on GP prescribing

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:111
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    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 …

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