March 18th, 2007

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As of right now, I am taking 400 mg Lamictal, 20 mg Lexapro and 200 mg Seroquel...all brand name drugs, all too new to have a generic counterpart. This means, with my insurance, I am paying over $100 a month on pills.

I have started to wonder just how much my doctor is influenced by the drug reps. See, I have seen in her office before Lamictal pens, and Lexapro paper pads. Every time I go in there, there's a drug rep, usually with coffee, food, or some gifts. Did I mention that I have received more than my fair share of samples of these drugs?

Now, I am willing to cut her a little slack. After all, she's my physician, not a psychiatrist. It's not her discipline, per se. And she has, after my increasing symptoms, referred me to a p-doc, who I start seeing this week. But, given the cost of these drugs, and the lack of even trying the more common drugs (umm...lithium for bipolar, anyone?), I really am asking myself...is she doing this because of what drug reps have done for her?

Any of you have an opinion?

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