(London and the English country side are beautiful. I have only been there once and cannot find my own pictures! These are from the net)
GSK's Chief Executive Andrew Witty said in a statement that his company's actions were designed to ensure that patients' interests always came first.
(Nothing defines London more than the double decker bus and Big Ben)
By Ben Hirschler
LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors for promoting its drugs and scrap prescription targets for its marketing staff - a first for an industry battling scandals over its sales practices, and a challenge for its peers to follow suit.
I have always ‘heard’ that doctors were given ‘kick-backs’ for prescribing certain or all medications (pills). I mentioned our neighbor in Kirksville, Missouri in a blog a little while ago, he was ‘Good ole Mr. Wilson.’
(Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace)
A great guy and a stay at home dad. He was working for the railroad and she was a nurse. He worked until kids came along then they decided he would be the one to stay home until the kids finished school. She was the head nurse at the Osteopath Hospital. (Kirksville is known as the home of Osteopathy). He lamented to me one day that his wife was noticing more and more that even the Osteopaths were prescribing more pills. He was sure they were being rewarded for it. That was in the late 50’s early 60’s. I was skeptical but kept it to myself.
(The River Thames and Parliament)
I always thought Good ole Mr. Wilson was very smart, now I know he knew what he was talking about.
I am sure in the USA and over the world there are still dedicated doctors who want you WELL, and not dependent on them, but I fear they are in the minority.
It would be a very good thing if the pharmaceutical companies would halt a system that encourages doctors to prescribe meds to patients that need them or not.
(The Tower Bridge over the Thames)
My brother in law tells me he went to his Dr. and asked about a med that had been advertised on TV. You know the ones, ‘Ask your Doctor if this is right for you?’ As soon as he mentioned it the Dr. said if you want to try it, I will prescribe it, and he did. How smart is that to allow us to decide from a TV advertisement?
(The famous RED Telephone Box, I wonder if they are disappearing?)
Anyway I seldom have anything nice to say about the pharmaceuticals, but I liked this. Way to go you guys over in the UK at GSK.
See, I can see something positive in this world…
Santa arrives in London