Thursday, November 5, 2009

Survey Fun

I'm doing an early morning market research phone survey about a new drug in development. The guy just asked me this question:

"Do you prefer prescribing drugs that are more effective? Or less effective?"

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now why would Dr. prescribe a drug that was less effective? What a dumb, stupid, idiotic question to ask. Hey Mr drug rep, why don't you take a drug that's less effective, and let us know how it works for you.

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Grumpy, M.D. said...

Drug rep didn't ask the question. It was a market research guy.

Julie said...

seriously scary .....

The Good Cook said...

I know when I go to the DR I always ask for the LEAST effective cure....

CK Lunchbox said...

I think my doc's been giving me the less effective ones just for the repeat business.

ERP said...

You should say "I prefer to prescribe drugs whose producers take me out to the best dinners" just to mess with them.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

ERP- I've done stuff like that. They just write it down and move on.

The Tunes Man said...

"Do you prefer asking questions that are more inane, or less inane?"

Anonymous said...

Oh, yea, as a patient I like to take less effective medications; I'm all into 'woe is me' and persecution complexes.

Anonymous said...

...wow.

Mari-Ann said...

I sometimes carry a roll of Smarties and pretend they are medication and they are pretty darned effective.

ERRN4U said...

Less effective of course! Keeps 'em coming back for more and supplies you with endless amounts of material for us your loyal readers! :)

Arps said...

of course the best prescription is the one for a less effective drug..!! that way the patients keep coming back.. :D and bringing in the $$

lol..

Frank, CPhT said...

The best prescription is always for the least effective, yet most expensive drug. That way, the insurance company can deny the claim, and force the patient to pay some horrific out of pocket expense for a drug they think will save their lives. It will thus make them THINK it is more effective, and therefore soooooo much better!

moppie said...

What ARPS said.

Miss Kismet said...

Effective is immaterial, you silly drug rep! Now, whatcha got that has more than 10 life-altering side effects, must be taken on funky schedules, and costs enough to stimulate this tanking economy. Hmmmm?

Knucklehead said...

"Oh, I MUCH prefer prescribing the less effective ones, just as long as there are interesting side effects involved."

Dragonfly said...

Less effective obviously.

knitalot3 said...

I think my insurance only pays for the less effective drug, regardless of the cost.

They know I don't really need the effective one.

Anonymous said...

Of course the obvious question is how many people in the survey answered "less effective"

Could have been a control question to see if the subject was paying any attention at all.

ausduck said...

*scratching head*
I'm wondering what data is trying to be captured by that survey question!
Of course, could be a control question as suggested by Anonymous.

And companies are paid to come up with these surveys. And you don't get the pens, post-its & teddybears anymore, Dr G. At least that would mitigate the 'stoopid' a little lol.

Anonymous said...

A market research guy? With a
one-answer question like that,
whoever sent him would have saved
money with an online poll on some
blog somewhere. As Bugs Bunny
would say, "What a maroon!"

Kim Kasch said...

Less effective - of course - 'cuz I want to help regenerate the economy and then peeps will need to buy more, companies will need to produce more, it's all about jobs. And, I'm just trying to do my part.

That's what I would have said.

 
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