U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
United States of America

Many doctors are prescribing medications to patients without fully understanding the side effects, interactions with other medications, and fail to provide adequate information to their patients. The elderly are especially vulnerable. They feel pressured with the doctors "time limit" and end up leaving the office with multiple prescriptions they do not understand. Pharmaceutical company representatives have elite status and access when visiting a doctor.

Several of these companies hand out excessive amounts of "free samples" to doctors (and junkets) in order to persuade them to prescribe their medications. Many doctors do not take the time to research these medications or the serious side effects they may have.

The elderly are more likely to have negative side effects,reactions, and are not fully informed about these medications.

We, the undersigned, are requesting that the Department of Health and Human Resources require doctors to educate themselves thoroughly on ALL medications they receive from Pharmaceutical companies.

We also demand the Representatives of said companies be denied access to the doctors prior to patients who have medical conditions requiring the doctors immediate attention.

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The Educate Before You Medicate petition to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was written by christine johnson and is in the category Health at GoPetition.