Today in Research: Weight Watchers Works; Big Pharma Fees

Today in research: doctors are getting paid by big pharma, plenty of people are having trouble sleeping, politicians rhetoric may be white noise and Weight Watchers works*

  • It looks lucrative to be a promotional speaker for a big pharmaceutical company.  $220 million was paid by  pharma companies to people talking about their products during speeches last year, according to non-profit investigative news outlet ProPublica. And that figure is only a preview of a presumably larger figure once all companies are required to disclose their numbers in 2013. The site has also updated its web tool "to search for individual physicians to see whether they've been on pharma's payroll." [ProPublica]
  • Also: U.S. physicians are paid more than foreign counterparts. A new Columbia University study illustrating the unsustainable nature of the U.S. healthcare system compared doctors in developed countries (UK, Australia, Canada etc), finding that U.S. physicians are making much more. The study's lead author Miriam J. Laugesen attributed the pay disparity as due partly to the higher cost of procedures stateside. [MSNBC.com]

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