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Are Too Many Doctors Simply Sales People for Big Pharma?

| May 29, 2013 | DePuy Hip Replacement, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Fosamax Osteoporosis Drug, Transvaginal Mesh

Big Pharma paid doctors more than $1 billion in 2012 to act in various spokesperson capacities, for travel and meals, as well as research and royalties, which is significantly more than reported in 2011.  According to a new data reported in the Financial Times, that figure only includes the 12 leading drug makers who actually disclose physician payments.  The total was over 2 billion.

Click here to read the full article: ProPublica: Pharma’s Doc-Payment Disclosures Top $2B

Here is a list of some of the major payers:

Astra Zeneca            $236.1M

Disclosed: Jan. 2010 to Sept. 2012

$18,735, 918 in California

Eli Lilly                         $490.6M

Disclosed: Jan. 2009 to June 2012

GlaxoSmithKline        $238.6M

Disclosed: April 2009 to Sept. 2012

In July 2012, the company agreed to plead guilty and to pay $3 billion to settle criminal charges and civil claims related to its “unlawful promotion of certain prescription drugs, its failure to report certain safety data, and its civil liability for alleged false price reporting practices,” according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Merck                            $224.3M

Disclosed: July 2009 to Sept. 2012

Merck, maker of Fosamax, paid $224 million to California providers.  In 2011, the company also agreed to pay $950 million to settle criminal charges and civil allegations stemming from its promotion and marketing of the painkiller Vioxx.

Johnson & Johnson   $54.6M

Disclosed: Jan. 2010 to Sept. 2012

Johnson & Johnson, maker of the DePuy paid $6,330,519 in California.

Pfizer                             $538.2M

Disclosed: July 2009 to Sept. 2012

Pfizer paid $81 million in California.

Is Your Doctor receiving Money From Drug Companies?

To search what doctors received what amount of money, go to the ProPublica database.

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