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What Drug Companies are Paying Your Doctor – “DollarsForDocs”

From an October 21, 2010 Open Medicine blog item

The American broadcaster, National Public Radio (NPR), recently ran a story about doctors who get money from drug companies to promote their drugs.  ProPublica has created a free database with the names of doctors and the amount they’ve received from pharmas.

http://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/

“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. “

Similarly, NPR posted a story that shows more of the disclosures. Note: pharmaceutical sales in the US in 2009? $300 billion dollars~!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130654426

NPR has links to health, business, science news, and much more at its home page. There are also options for podcasts and RSS feeds.

 

October 26, 2010 - Posted by | Health News Items | , ,

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