Over the years, there have been a series of stories like this one ..
Thanks to Privacy.Org for the pointer to this article.
"Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jul. 15 (UPI) -- Court papers filed this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., show pharmaceutical companies mailed unsolicited doses of Prozac to potential customers.
A deposition filed in a privacy suit brought by some of the recipients of the anti-depressant said the companies got the names and addresses from physicians, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday.
In one case, Dr. Ken Burke admitted supplying his signature on a blank piece of office stationery that a company representative, a frequent fishing companion, attached to the free drugs. Two other doctors from the same office also said they provided their signatures.
The trial packages of a new weekly form of Prozac were sent mostly to users of the standard medication but at least one recipient -- a 16-year-old boy -- had never used anti-depressants.
The suit has also prompted a criminal investigation by the state and criticism from consumer advocates who say it is an example of the improper relationship between doctors and drug companies.