It's always nice to get free samples by mail. I'm sure Mary Kay sends out free cosmetic samples by mail all the time to their dealers. It wouldn't surprise me one bit to see game and parks distributors sending out free tackle gear and hunting supplies by mail to their retail dealers. Sometimes I even get free samples by mail as a garden variety consumer for things like detergent and cologne. But what about doctors? It seems like doctors can't get anything of value these days without being accused of compromising their integrity. That doesn't stop drug companies from sending out free drug samples by mail. I once got a five hundred plus capsule supply of Tylenol mailed directly to my home. Thanks Tylenol makers. Always appreciated. You have convinced me to add Tylenol to my hospitalist standing order set. I hope nobody finds out about the influence you're having on my prescribing habits.
What does my brother, the cardiologist, get for his free samples by mail? How are drug companies trying to influence the prescribing habits of cardiologists these days? By sending them free samples of stool softeners. What is a physic you ask? Here you are. Here's a picture of the free drug samples he found in his mailbox the other day. I suppose with all the changes going on with cardiology reimbursement these days in the Medicare National bank, that might not be such a bad idea. So you think doctors are getting invitations to free trips in the mail? Think again. Apparently, Colace is where the action is. Oh yeah, and Miralax samples too.