Confessions of an admittedly evil drug rep

From reality blurred last year:

At one point, Corinne insisted, “I have no moral compass.” The most damning illustration has to do with her (now former) job as a pharmaceutical sales rep, where she said she knowingly sold drugs to physicicans that she knew would kill people. “Selling drugs is a lie. I sold drugs that I knew damn well—I sold Vioxx for Merck before it got taken off the market for killing people. I knew damn well it was dangerous; I went around telling them to write it. There’s a lot of serious lying I’ve done in my life,” she said.

That’s okay, Corinne told me, because “I’m doing a job. For me, in that case, Merck told me to go out and sell drug even though I had hesitation about it. It’s not for me to say. … Don’t listen to me. Read your fucking journals. Why the fuck are you listening to your rep? Just because I’m pretty? You think I know more about the drug? No.”

Likewise, for Corinne, being on Survivor Gabon “is work; I’m trying to make a million dollars. It really doesn’t matter. I hope everyone gets injured; I don’t care. Just not me.”

If you want to go listen to her talk, (which I did not–I got plenty disgusted and didn’t want anymore) you can go to the bottom of the article here.

Hat tip: PharmaGossip

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  1. How come prescribed meds that kill you are okay but self-meds are not? I really think I was better off with the cigarettes. I’m glad I took myself off the Zoloft. But I sure do miss the cigs. I wonder if that’s why I feel panic and want to cry all the time.

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  2. Yeah, some are great. My OBGYN, for example, was amazing. I have had lots of experience with docs- from the age of 2 years old on, due to a physical disability, and most of my experiences have been… not so great, on a personal interaction level. Still, a lot of those docs DID help me, and for that, I am grateful. I am not finding the same level of help in the mental health profession. I have found a few holistic psychiatrists but of course, they don’t take insurance, and are cost-prohibitive for me.

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    1. well again, in GENERAL, I’ve found alternative docs just as f-d up as regular docs…they might not prescribe shit that is as toxic but they still want to put you in their own little particular box…

      most of the real healing I’ve achieved and though people imagine I’m all sick and in some ways, yes I am, I have achieved many things:

      endometriosis cleared up through diet and supplements (my latest and most recent achievement!!!)
      psoriaisis virtually gone
      20 years of chronic and completely out of control IBS GONE complelely.

      all these healings I’ve brought to myself by hanging out in peer run groups who figured out how to heal themselves…
      I have picked up one useful thing I can think of from a doc on the way here (but she nearly killed me in the process—by cold-turkeying me) but in any case she taught me how to use amino acids effectively and I’ve since been sleeping normally when most people in the stages of withdrawal I’ve been in DON’T sleep…

      otherwise, like I said, it’s been peers who have taught me how to get by.

      Dr. Peter Breggin was helpful too…(his book) but he too is grossly limited when it comes to understanding how much diet and nutrition can help. So I’ve gotten bits and pieces all over the place and learned that NO TWO OF US is alike!!

      sick of boxes—they all want to put us in boxes.

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  3. also I like to remember we’re all human and we all have massive blind spots…docs have blind spots that kill and maim sometimes, but they are still really just like us…

    that might get me shot, out here, but I strive to forgive and love my fellow human beings.

    and that is not to say I’m not filled with rage at how I’ve been handled by mulitiple docs…process, process, process…

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  4. I wish I could have such a positive view of doctors as you Gianna… really, they have a lot of power and status in our society, much more than those of us labeled. If they really wanted to make a change, they could. My cash-only psychiatrist was $300 for 15 minutes, put me on Risperdal within 5 minutes of meeting me, and was just… terrible. Made me feel like a crazy person. My new pdoc is not so greedy, gives me 30 minutes, but he still believes the party-line biopsych crap, and I get so upset- for days- after listening to it, that I just have decided to limit seeing him to once a year.

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    1. I don’t have a positive view at all…in general I loathe doctors…but I’ve met a few who really do give a damn so I don’t like painting things black and white is all…

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  5. She is horrible but
    “but I’m glad someone from the inside is asking the doctors why the hell they listen to these pharma reps! ”

    She said it herself….why don’t the doctors read the journals.

    NG

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    1. I think the docs truly have no time given they are slaves to HMOs and the standard of care in America is abysmal…the docs who have some integrity don’t accept insurance but then they are available only for the elite so that doesn’t work either…

      sickening on so many levels.

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  6. she is truly horrible, but I’m glad someone from the inside is asking the doctors why the hell they listen to these pharma reps! I know with all of my sales skills and prowess I would make a killing in pharma sales but I refuse to do it… I’ll earn my money the honest way, even if it takes me years and years… but someone needs to hold doctors accountable for listening to these people. Once you’re feeling better I’ll tell you the nightmare story my friend had with Effexor and Pristiq… all because her doctor got taken in by a smooth talking rep…

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