It's an unhealthy relationship for patients & a lucrative one for doctors & their pharma partners. Check out http://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/
When a doctor has a waiting room of patients & pharm reps get ushered in ahead of patients, that speaks volumes. Seen that scenario often. And, the pharm reps are typically young, attractive women. C'mon. Doctors first line of info comes from the reps.
My first endo told me "all his patients used pumps" & handed me glossy Medtronic marketing. I didn't want a pump & he quickly lost interest. Gee, sorry, I'm ruining your average of 100% Medtronic compliance. I found another doctor.
Been down the same road with statins, though my lipid panel is fine.