NPR NEWS INVESTIGATION: Drugmakers systematically select physicians to speak on behalf of their products. The doctors believe they are being recruited to persuade other doctors to use a drug, but the primary target of the speaking is the doctor himself. And the resulting sales can be huge.
October 19, 2010 Drug companies have long kept the names of their speakers — and how much they pay them — secret. But last year, seven companies began posting doctors’ names and compensation on their web sites, some as the result of legal settlements with the federal government.
October 19, 2010 A new Consumer Reports survey shows most people don't think drug companies should pay doctors to speak, but many of them don't think their own doctors would be negatively influenced.