Has Your Doctor Received Drug Company Money?

Let’s be honest here, it’s not that rare that doctors accept payments from drug companies (e.g. speaker fees) and it might or may influence their decision-making when prescribing drugs. ProPublica has released a searchable database of MDs taking payments from drug companies. This is transparency. I would be more than interested to see how a doc would react to a patient who mentions this at the next visit.

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.

Here is an example of John Smith, MD from Connecticut: