How would you feel if you found out that your own doctor received $110,000 in personal payments and $320k of ‘research’ funding from the same pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the drugs he prescribes for you?
“A major conflict of interest is at work when a physician has accepted payments from a drug or device-making company whose products he or she then prescribes or implants. The Sunshine Act will be embarrassing to some and infuriating to others, but is an excellent step toward consumer protection.” Marvin Lipman, M.D., Consumer Reports Senior Medical Adviser, 2014.
How can you find out if your doctor may have a conflict of interest ?
Drug companies are spending billions of dollars to influence doctor’s decisions about which drugs and treatments to prescribe.
Open Payments is a federal program that collects information about the payments drug and device companies make to physicians and teaching hospitals for things like travel, research, gifts, speaking fees, and meals. It also includes ownership interests that physicians or their immediate family members have in these companies.
You can check Open Payments to find details about your care providers.
In Dollars for Doctors, ProPublica and the NYT jointly tracked 17 of the largest pharmaceutical companies. Learn their key takeaways.
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