Title

Market Values in Our Heath Care System: Drug Prescribing Practices and Patient Behavior

Date

5-28-2015 8:45 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 9:00 AM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 235

Department

Sociology

Session Chair

Dean Braa

Session Title

Research and Praxis in Sociology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Peter Callero

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

As the result of a pharmaceutical industry led campaign to treat pain as the “fifth vital sign,” there has been an exponential increase in the prescription of opiates leading to increased abuse and addiction. This study examines how this campaign has affected physicians and patients in our healthcare system. The physician’s interview reported this campaign pressures them to prescribe more liberally and makes any level of pain intolerable for patients seeking drugs. The success of the campaign is also seen in a survey group, who overwhelming perceived prescription drugs safer and less addictive then their illicit counterparts, despite their near identical pharmacology.

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May 28th, 8:45 AM May 28th, 9:00 AM

Market Values in Our Heath Care System: Drug Prescribing Practices and Patient Behavior

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 235

As the result of a pharmaceutical industry led campaign to treat pain as the “fifth vital sign,” there has been an exponential increase in the prescription of opiates leading to increased abuse and addiction. This study examines how this campaign has affected physicians and patients in our healthcare system. The physician’s interview reported this campaign pressures them to prescribe more liberally and makes any level of pain intolerable for patients seeking drugs. The success of the campaign is also seen in a survey group, who overwhelming perceived prescription drugs safer and less addictive then their illicit counterparts, despite their near identical pharmacology.