I guess the economic downturn has affected doctors as well. Just yesterday a doctor called to have his own Crestor Rx transferred from a local warehouse pharmacy. I called and found out that, of course, it is out of refills (thanks for wasing our time buddy, we appreciate that). Upon notifying the patient/doctor, he says, "That's ok, I'll write a refill for myself" as he's handing me a $30 coupon for a new/transfer script. So basically what this boils down to is that docs are prescribing for themselves so they can get a $30 gift card. Is it really that bad out there?
Does that smell like an ethical issue to you? It sure does to me.