By Dan Nguyen, Charles Ornstein, and Tracy Weber, ProPublica
Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors for promoting their drugs. But eight companies have begun posting names and compensation on the Web, some as the result of legal settlements. ProPublica compiled these disclosures, totaling $320 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.
[Note from SaneVax: Our team would like to thank ProPublica for putting this database together. Medical consumers have a right to know how much money their personal physicians are accepting from pharmaceutical companies to promote the latest wonder cures.]