By Brian Dixon in the USA:
US drug company payments to doctors linked to opioid overdose deaths
22 January 2019
A number of previous studies have established a link between drug company payments (even as small as purchasing a lunch) and doctor prescribing behavior. Some prior research has examined the marketing of opioid products and mortality rates.
The JAMA Network Open study, however, is the first to link mortality rates with the total marketing of opioid products based on US county-level data, although the researchers are careful to note that they have only established an association, not causation.
The study drew data from three national databases. Data on overdoses for all counties was derived from the Centers for Disease Control and…
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