Blog | Tuesday, March 12, 2013

QD: News Every Day--'Dollars for Docs' database updated

A website updated its ongoing "Dollars for docs" database highlighting publically reported payments by pharmaceutical firms of more than $2 billion to doctors, other medical providers and health care institutions since 2009.

The database can be searched by physician name, as well as by other criteria. It's based on the reported figures from 15 pharmaceutical companies that have released such information, sometimes as the result of litigation.

The list includes one psychiatrist who received more than $1 million in speaking fees, as well as 21 other doctors who have received more than $500,000.

ProPublica, which cites itself as an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, assembled the database. In addition to being searchable by a physician's name, it can also be searched by state and by the pharmaceutical company.

The Affordable Care Act will require all pharmaceutical and medical device companies publicly report this data beginning in 2014, the website reported. The first public disclosure is scheduled for September 2014, covering payments from August to December of this year.