Too often in the world of medicine, there is a “one size fits all” mentality that is far too common, especially being a provider in a nation where ethnicity and genetics play a significant role in that individual’s progress. If a patient has a cold, they may seek over the counter medicine. If combined with viral, you prescribe some sort of antibiotic based on their allergy indications, if known. However, when dealing with onset cardiac or endocrine issues, it is beneficial to know about these issues in advance in order to make the best decision for your patient. Medication variations do vary among all of your patients.
In fact, most of the time what you prescribe is explained by an individual who took basic info spurred on by the large drug companies. These pharmaceutical reps are doing what they are minimally taught to teach your office on how to prescribe their products. They give free samples, buy you lunch, give you gifts, maybe tickets to a game, whatever it takes to entice you to use their product. Such is business! Yet in a realm where quality patient care comes first, being uninformed is never good business. What we don’t know are the various health concerns that may surface in other areas of the body that may also need another rep’s medication. We do not fault them for doing their job, but are they unknowingly putting your patient at extreme health risks that ultimately prolong proper treatment and potentially putting you at legal risk.