Saturday, September 10, 2011

ProPublica-Dollars for Docs Update

Dollars for Docs Update: Now With 12 Companies, More Than $760 Million in Payments

by Dan Nguyen, Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, ProPublica
Sept. 7

Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs. But 12 companies have begun publicizing the information. ProPublica pulled their disclosures into a database so patients can search for their doctor.
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With Our Dollars for Docs Update Coming, Drug Companies Defend ‘Interactions’ With Physicians

by Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, ProPublica, Sep. 7, 11:48 a.m.

As ProPublica gets ready to refresh its Dollars for Docs database listing payments from drug companies to hundreds of thousands of doctors, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says paid physician speakers play a critical role in improving patient care.

Sep 09, 2011 09:39AM
Fewer Harvard faculty speak on pharma's behalf
Harvard doctors and researchers aren't as active on the pharma speaking circuit these days. As the Harvard Crimson reports, based on an analysis of ProPublica data, Massachusetts doctors collected fewer speaking fees from drugmakers in recent quarters. And some have backed out of speakers' bureaus altogether.
As the Boston Globe reports, Eli Lilly's ($LLY) speaker fees in Massachusetts dropped to $866,910 in 2010 from $1.6 million in 2009. GlaxoSmithKline's ($GSK) speaking fees fell to $884,850 from $1.2 million..........

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