Trying to Limit Outside Influence in Prescribing Drugs

As sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies brought doughnuts and lunch over the years to physicians at the 20 Kelsey-Seybold medical clinics in the Houston area, Patrick Carter worked to limit their presence.

Carter, a family physician and managing director of care coordination for Kelsey-Seybold, said he wanted to remove the appearance that drug representatives influenced the decisions made by doctors when writing prescriptions. Since 2012, pharmaceutical representatives cannot stop by Kelsey-Seybold clinics or meet with its 370 doctors unless the physicians request an appointment for guidance in prescribing certain drugs. 

“It eliminated the idea that the drug rep is there ...

Full Story

Comment Policy

The Texas Tribune is pleased to provide the opportunity for you to share your observations about this story. We encourage lively debate on the issues of the day, but we ask that you refrain from using profanity or other offensive speech, engaging in personal attacks or name-calling, posting advertising, or wandering away from the topic at hand. To comment, you must be a registered user of the Tribune, and your user name will be displayed. Thanks for taking time to offer your thoughts.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Sign-Up