Friday, October 29, 2010

Has Your Doctor Received Drug Company Money?

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 $258 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. 

Top Earners:
384 doctors and other health providers have received at least $100,000 from drug companies in 2009 and early 2010, according to our research.