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Doctors and payments from drug companies

Doctors and payments from drug companies

By Lois M. Collins | Posted - Jan. 13, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.



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Seven drug companies have, against traditional practice, begun posting the names of doctors who receive payments from them for promoting drugs, as well as how much compensation those doctors have received, according to ProPublica.

The group, which does investigative reporting in the public interest, says some of the companies were compelled to disclose the information as part of legal settlements.

ProPublica put the data that's available from the seven companies, with payments totaling $295 million, in a database that lets patients search for their doctor's names. [CLICK HERE to access the database]

"Receiving payments isn't necessarily wrong, but it does raise ethics issues," ProPublica says on its site.

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