It’s common practice for drug companies to compensate doctors as promotional speakers and advisers. The income some get can be quite substantial, creating potential conflicts of interest. Critics worry that such substantial compensation can affect a doctor’s judgement on which drugs might be best for their patients.
The non-profit News Outlet ProPublica publishes an annual database that compiles payments from 15 pharmaceutical companies to doctors around the country. So far, more than $2 billion dollars in payments are accounted for since 2009. The Dollars for Docs database makes it very easy for you to search and find out if your doctor is receiving money from pharmaceutical companies.
Among the drug companies that gave the most from 2009 to 2012 were Pfizer at $538.2 million, GlaxoSmithKline at $238.6 million, and Merck at $224.3 million. Doctors from all over the country are recipients of drug company compensation, but the top earners were from just a handful of states– New York, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
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