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I'm sorry you're having this issue with your doctor. I come from a family of doctors, so I know amlodipine is usually inexpensive. Now he's got you on a much more expensive drug, so I'd question that anyway. The fact that he got aggressive and refused to allow you to use a different doctor at the clinic should raise red flags, as it did to you. I would bet there is a reason he's so connected to the drug which I'll tell you in a minute but I would suggest searching for a new doctor or new clinic. This one doesn't sound on the up-and-up. Of course doctors retire but it's a shame that you had such a good relationship with your prior doctor and now to have this one must be difficult, to say the least.
I've discovered that some doctors are indeed connected with some drugs and in fact they push certain drugs. Some of these doctors have a too-cozy relationship with the pharmaceutical companies. I don't know if that's your doctor here, but his behavior sounds like it could be. There's a list of doctors and their relationships with pharmaceutical companies. I will send that link to you here. If your doctor is not on it, it doesn't mean he doesn't have a relationship with the pharmaceutical company, but indeed many doctors are getting money and kickbacks from the companies if they push certain drugs. That is disgraceful, of course, and something that, if you find it's true, you might want to report to the Am. Medical Association (AMA).
Here's the link: Protect yourself! Learn the facts and check the national database that lists doctors who are receiving drug kickbacks. https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/ Just click the blue letters and you can search for your doctor. Remember, if he's not on it, it doesn't mean he's not getting money from the companies. Of course we'd like to think that doctors are above that but some are not, and some will promote certain medications to the detriment of their patients. I hope yours is not one of them and I hope you can find a more patient-friendly doctor or clinic.
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