Does your doctor take payment from pharma? See here

I was pretty checked out when all this hit the news a while back and never saw this amazing and useful database that ProPublica put together. One can look at all payments made to physicians in all 50 states. Most of the doctors I’ve seen are clean. I did once see Terrence Ketter at Stanford who took in about 15,000.

***This database only includes the seven companies that have disclosed payments. Their 2009 sales totaled $109 billion – about a 36% market share.

Does your doctor take payment from pharma?

Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors for promoting their drugs. But seven companies have begun posting names and compensation on the Web, some as the result of legal settlements. ProPublica compiled these disclosures, totaling $295 million, into a single database that allows patients to search for their doctor. Receiving payments isn’t necessarily wrong, but it does raise ethical issues. (look up your doctor here)

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