Search for York County doctors who received money from drug companies
YORK, Pa, Mar 11, 2013 (York Daily Record - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
You can see which York County practitioners and institutions have received money from certain pharmaceutical companies with an updated ProPublica app.
The investigative news outlet says that drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals, but 15 companies have begun publishing the information, some because of legal settlements.
The payments are legal, and ProPublica reports that companies say physician speakers are the best messengers to teach peers about new and effective treatments. But critics say the speakers use drug companies' slides and talking to points to sell instead of educating, according to ProPublica.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a physician and director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, has criticized the practice.
"Patients should be educated to know that the decisions that their doctors make to prescribe drugs to them might be heavily influenced," Wolfe said.
The updated database includes more than $2 billion in disclosed payments from 15 companies for promotional speaking, research, consulting, travel, meals and related expenses from 2009 to 2012, according to ProPublica.
pharmaceutical and medical device companies will be required to report this type of information to the federal government beginning in 2014, under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, according to ProPublica.
The database notes that payments in the research category are are distinct from speaking and consulting. The research figures listed do not reflect the actual compensation received by the physician listed as the principal investigator.
Payments for clinical studies may include costs associated with patient care, supplies, as well as the time spent by health care professionals treating patients and managing the study, according to ProPublica.
The York Daily Record/Sunday News is working on an article about York County practitioners and institutions in the database, and we'll publish some of the payment information.
We're interested in talking to local practitioners or representatives of institutions on this list, as well as patients of those practitioners or entities.
Is your doctor on the list Do you have questions or concerns If you are a practitioner on the list, are you interested in talking about the payments you received If so, contact reporter Ed Mahon at 717-771-2089 or at email@example.com.
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