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Story: Drug Firms Say They'll Take Closer Look at Doctors They Pay

ProPublica identified 292 doctors who had been sanctioned or warned by regulators who also were paid by pharmaceutical companies.

To create this list we used our Dollars for Docs database, a compilation of the 17,700 speakers and consultants for eight major drug companies. We matched those names against lists of sanctioned physicians in the 30 most populous states and warning letters issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

We reviewed each case, summarized the findings and uploaded the underlying documents so they can be searched on our website.

The payments are listed as we compiled them in November 2010 and so the displayed total may not be up-to-date. Do a search to find the recipient's latest payments.

See more details about the compilation of this list.

If you are a listed practitioner and believe you do not belong in this database, please contact us at drugs@propublica.org.
Name Location of
Payments
Government Action Total
Payment
PFE MRK GSK ELI CEPH JNJ AZN
Calif.
Citation and fine $274,822 $150,097 $115,025 $4,800 $4,900
Pa.
Warning from FDA $249,390 $94,212 $146,000 $9,178
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions $196,934 $37,750 $118,984 $40,200
Fla.
Fine, required class. License surrender $178,250 $178,250
Ariz.
Advisory letter $160,499 $135,574 $2,125 $22,800
N.Y.
Stayed suspension with terms, conditions and restrictions. Two years probation, fine $144,548 $133,748 $10,800
Ky.
Fine. Practice restrictions $142,794 $9,425 $114,519 $18,850
N.Y.
Censure and reprimand $142,150 $2,500 $139,650
Pa.
Consent agreement and order $139,681 $8,525 $14,300 $116,856
Texas
Warning from FDA $123,975 $10,350 $113,625
Okla.
Reprimand, two years probation $118,936 $118,936
Calif.
Citation, fine $117,618 $16,550 $101,068
Fla.
Fine, required class $116,314 $116,314
Maine
Conditions attached to license. Five years probation, fine. Three years probation with terms and conditions, fine $116,208 $97,308 $18,900
N.C.
Reprimand, limitations $116,206 $15,000 $69,086 $3,590 $28,530
Mich.
Two years probation and fine $111,516 $109,716 $1,800
Fla.
Fine, required classes. Fine, letter of concern, community service $105,020 $105,020
Ohio
Permanent restrictions on license, including chaperone. Restrictions on license, including chaperone $98,533 $3,061 $95,472
Calif.
License revoked. Two years probation with various terms and conditions $98,034 $98,034
Texas
Public reprimand, fine $96,229 $96,229
Calif.
Public reprimand $94,018 $48,000 $37,818 $8,200
Ohio
License revoked [UNDER APPEAL] $91,100 $91,100
Mo.
Warning from FDA $89,053 $86,553 $2,500
Ohio
Suspension with conditions for reinstatement, three years probation, required classes, reports to board [UNDER APPEAL] $87,733 $2,725 $85,008
Ohio
Warning from FDA $87,213 $82,057 $5,156
Texas
Fine, restrictions $84,133 $84,133
Ky.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions $79,721 $79,721
Texas
Fine. Preceptorship $77,880 $62,700 $15,180
Ohio
Suspended for at least 180 days, with conditions for reinstatement $76,757 $76,757
Conn.
Fine $74,248 $3,498 $70,750
Mich.
One year probation. Reprimand $69,874 $69,874
Pa.
Civil penalty $66,918 $5,018 $61,900
Mich.
Reprimand. Reprimand, fine $63,975 $63,975
Colo.
Letter of admonition $63,681 $23,564 $38,150 $1,967
Ill.
Reprimand $62,955 $34,000 $28,955
Pa.
Suspension, three years probation. Three years probation, reprimand $62,804 $3,388 $39,416 $20,000
Md.
Four years probation, reprimand. Probation $57,007 $2,232 $26,275 $28,500
Texas
Independent forensic evaluation, complete boundaries course, chaperone with female patients, required classes, fine $55,803 $4,300 $51,503
Calif.
Public reprimand $55,500 $55,500
Ky.
Letter of Concern. Reprimand $54,033 $11,483 $42,550
Calif.
Public reprimand $50,450 $44,000 $6,450
Fla.
Fine, required class, letter of concern $49,767 $9,767 $40,000
Nev.
Letter of concern, fine, required classes $49,000 $49,000
Ohio
Warning from FDA $46,922 $46,922
N.Y.
Suspension, five years probation, fine, community service $46,603 $16,500 $25,403 $4,700
Ky.
Three years probation with various terms and conditions $46,251 $46,251
Texas
Required classes $43,588 $2,025 $41,563
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions. License revoked $43,514 $2,305 $38,609 $2,600
Texas
Public reprimand, monitoring, audit of billing practices, required classes, fine $43,450 $1,000 $42,450
Wis.
Five years suspension (which the board stayed), treatment, supervision, drug and alcohol screenings, professional mentor, prohibited from prescribing or administering controlled substances $43,450 $34,250 $9,200
Texas
Public reprimand $42,500 $1,250 $40,000 $1,250
Calif.
Public reprimand $42,275 $42,275
N.Y.
Censure, reprimand, fine, limitation $42,150 $42,150
Texas
Required classes, fine $41,090 $39,590 $500 $1,000
N.C.
License surrender with issuance of temporary license with conditions $38,523 $38,523
Ky.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions. Suspension, letter of concern, fine $38,465 $1,683 $14,625 $11,467 $10,690
Mich.
Fine $36,379 $2,431 $26,684 $4,500 $2,764
Ore.
Corrective action order $36,100 $10,500 $25,250 $350
Calif.
Citation, fine $35,650 $35,650
Calif.
Public reprimand $35,050 $29,550 $5,500
Mich.
Limits-cannot practice obstetric care $34,787 $34,787
Ariz.
Warning from FDA $33,900 $33,900
Ariz.
Decree of censure, fine $33,625 $18,625 $15,000
Mich.
One year probation with various terms and conditions, fine $33,250 $9,250 $5,700 $18,300
Mo.
Reprimand $32,350 $4,750 $27,600
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions $31,464 $24,964 $6,500
Calif.
Public reprimand $31,274 $27,121 $4,153
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions $29,473 $3,750 $4,123 $21,600
Conn.
Five years probation. License surrender. Three years probation $29,429 $29,429
Calif.
Suspension, seven years probation with suspension and various terms and conditions $29,024 $27,774 $1,250
Colo.
Restrictions. Surrendered license $28,221 $6,998 $21,223
Texas
Formal complaint [PENDING]. Restrictions $28,126 $1,126 $27,000
N.Y.
Fine $27,743 $2,293 $9,000 $16,450
Fla.
Letter of concern, fine, community service, required classes $27,600 $27,600
Ga.
Five years probation with terms and conditions, public reprimand, fine $27,462 $6,162 $21,300
Texas
Fine $27,172 $6,242 $1,950 $350 $18,630
Pa.
Required class. Stayed suspension with various terms and conditions $26,870 $7,100 $19,770
Colo.
Letter of admonition $26,671 $19,921 $6,750
Iowa
Citation, warning, fine $25,630 $11,950 $9,830 $3,850
Okla.
Reprimand $25,000 $25,000
Mich.
Suspension, limitations, six months probation, fine, community service $24,750 $24,750
Mich.
Fine $24,482 $24,482
Fla.
Medicaid: fine, corrective action plan $23,925 $23,925
N.C.
Reprimand $23,000 $2,000 $21,000
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions $21,900 $21,150 $750
Minn.
Corrective action plan. Stayed two year suspension with numerous conditions and limitations, fine. Temporary suspension $21,819 $3,999 $17,820
Fla.
Fine, letter of concern, required classes, community service, lecture on wrong site surgery $21,683 $21,683
Texas
License surrender (later reinstated) $21,461 $4,711 $16,750
Calif.
Citation and fine $21,300 $21,300
Texas
Public reprimand, fine, required classes, exam $20,150 $13,600 $350 $6,200
Mo.
Two years probation, public reprimand, monitoring of surgeries $20,085 $10,385 $4,250 $5,450
N.Y.
Censure and reprimand, two years probation, community service $20,000 $20,000
N.C.
Letter of concern $19,790 $1,535 $18,255
Calif.
Probation, concurrent with CA action. Three years probation with various terms and conditions $19,516 $8,816 $10,700
Colo.
Letter of admonition $19,500 $19,500
Mich.
Fine $19,500 $18,000 $1,500
Fla.
Warning from FDA $19,400 $13,400 $6,000
Texas
Required class $18,585 $2,885 $15,700
N.Y.
Warning from FDA $18,364 $15,364 $3,000
Ky.
Restrictions $18,165 $18,165
Mass.
Reprimand, fine $18,000 $18,000
Mich.
Fine $17,721 $17,721
Calif.
Citation and fine $17,575 $6,075 $11,500
N.C.
Stayed suspension with conditions $17,350 $17,350
Ill.
Reprimand. Suspension $16,950 $16,950
Fla.
Letter of concern, fine, community service, professional assessment $16,600 $16,600
Ohio
Suspension with conditions for reinstatement, subsequent one year probation with terms, conditions and limitations. $16,500 $16,500
Colo.
Letter of admonition $16,152 $15,952 $200
Ga.
Four years probation with terms and conditions, fine. License revoked $16,046 $4,346 $5,500 $6,200
Colo.
Letter of admonition, boundaries course $15,900 $15,900
Okla.
Three month suspension followed by four years probation $15,850 $15,850
N.J.
Suspension with subsequent probation, fine, required class $15,625 $15,625
Fla.
Fine, required classes $14,750 $14,750
Fla.
Citation, warning. Letter of reprimand, fine, report to board. Reprimand, documented self-education on boundary issues $14,482 $3,132 $3,000 $8,350
Ohio
Warning from FDA $14,184 $14,184
Mass.
Censure, required classes. Fine $13,750 $13,750
Texas
Fine $13,661 $13,661
Fla.
Fine, required classes $13,493 $1,093 $12,400
Fla.
Medicaid: fine, corrective action plan $13,049 $5,249 $7,800
Ala.
Probation $13,000 $13,000
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions $12,500 $12,500
Calif.
Public reprimand $12,353 $750 $4,800 $2,053 $4,750
Calif.
Public reprimand $11,800 $3,800 $8,000
Fla.
Fine, community service, required class, letter of concern $11,530 $2,106 $9,424
Fla.
Fine, required class, lecture on wrong-site surgeries $11,000 $11,000
Ariz.
Chaperone, therapy, review. Indefinite probation with stayed revocation & board restitution. Letter of reprimand. Letter of reprimand, probation $11,000 $11,000
Calif.
Five years probation with suspension and various terms and conditions $10,500 $10,500
Calif.
License surrender. Three years probation with various terms and conditions $10,250 $10,250
Minn.
Practice restrictions $10,228 $1,028 $9,200
Ill.
Reprimand $10,050 $2,000 $6,250 $1,800
Ill., Mo.
Fine. Public reprimand $9,344 $2,235 $7,109
N.Y.
Fine. Letter of concern, fine, required class $9,300 $4,500 $4,800
N.C.
Public letter of concern $9,249 $4,449 $4,800
Mass.
Probation $9,167 $9,167
Iowa
Citation, warning, fine, five years probation with terms and conditions. Five years probation with terms and conditions $9,100 $9,100
Texas
Fine $9,080 $9,080
Minn.
Reprimand, required class, fine $8,703 $8,703
Texas
Monitoring, required classes $8,621 $8,621
Mich.
Fine $8,613 $8,613
Okla.
Revoked license $8,603 $8,603
Texas
Fine $8,500 $8,500
Colo.
Five years probation, monitoring. Letter of admonition $8,300 $8,300
Texas
Required classes, monitoring, corrective action plan, fine $7,811 $7,811
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions. Probation concurrent with CA order $7,800 $7,450 $350
Okla.
Five years probation. Revoked license $7,762 $7,762
Mo.
Three years probation $7,700 $7,700
Texas
Fine. Five years probation. Ten years continued screening, treatment $7,550 $7,550
Mich.
One year probation with various conditions and fine $7,500 $7,500
Calif.
Three years probation with various terms and conditions $7,500 $7,500
Fla.
Fine, letter of concern, required classes $7,225 $6,225 $1,000
Pa.
Suspension, 21 months probation, other restrictions $7,200 $7,200
Mich.
Three years probation with terms and conditions $7,190 $7,190
La.
Two years probation $7,050 $800 $6,250
Pa.
Reprimand, civil penalty $7,000 $7,000
N.Y.
Censure and reprimand $7,000 $7,000
Texas
Required classes, fine $6,964 $6,964
N.Y., N.J.
Suspension, five years probation, fine. Suspension, probation $6,934 $6,934
N.C.
Reprimand $6,859 $6,859
Fla.
Fine, letter of concern, required class, community service $6,500 $6,500
Conn.
Reprimand, fine $6,084 $6,084
N.C.
Letter of concern $6,000 $6,000
Fla.
Medicaid: fine, corrective action plan $5,650 $5,650
Fla.
Fine, letter of concern, required classes, community service $5,500 $5,500
Texas
Required classes $5,500 $5,500
N.C.
License surrender, suspension, subsequent probation $5,033 $5,033
N.C.
License surrender $5,020 $5,020
Md.
Reprimanded $5,000 $5,000
Ohio
Suspension with conditions for reinstatement, subsequent two years probation with terms, conditions and limitations. $4,875 $4,875
Ariz.
Letter of reprimand, probation $4,848 $1,098 $3,750
Colo.
Fine $4,789 $946 $3,843
Colo.
Letter of admonition $4,750 $4,750
Mass.
Reprimand $4,750 $4,750
Fla.
Fine, letter of concern, required classes, community service $4,712 $4,712
Texas
Public reprimand, fine $4,676 $1,250 $3,426
Pa.
Civil penalty. Medical order with penalty $4,500 $4,500
Wis.
Five years suspension (which the board stayed except for one month), treatment, supervision, drug and alcohol screenings, professional mentor, prohibited from prescribing or administering controlled substances in an outpatient setting $4,500 $4,500
Texas
Required classes $4,500 $4,500
Calif.
Censure and reprimand. Letter of reprimand. Reprimand $4,438 $4,438
Ind.
Warning from FDA $4,375 $4,375
Mich.
Fine $4,327 $4,327
N.J.
Warning from FDA $4,300 $4,300
Mich.
Fine, practice restriction $4,250 $4,250
Fla.
Censure and reprimand. Letter of concern, required class $4,175 $4,175
Ohio
Two years probation with terms, conditions and limitations $4,050 $4,050
Calif.
Public reprimand $4,031 $4,031
Calif.
Censure, letter of reprimand and fine. Required classes. Public reprimand $4,000 $4,000
Ala.
Indefinite probation $3,810 $3,810
Wis.
Required classes $3,800 $3,800
Fla.
Warning from FDA $3,795 $1,795 $2,000
N.Y.
Censure and reprimand $3,773 $773 $3,000
Fla.
Fine. Fine, required class, letter of concern. Suspension $3,709 $3,709
Texas
Three years probation, required classes, community service $3,500 $3,500
N.Y.
Censure and reprimand, monitoring, fine $3,481 $1,681 $1,800
Mass.
Reprimand, fine $3,250 $3,250
Texas
Required classes $3,250 $2,000 $1,250
Ariz.
Letter of reprimand, one year probation. Probation $3,237 $3,237
N.Y.
Thirty-six months probation $3,200 $3,200
N.Y.
Censure and reprimand $3,114 $3,114
Pa.
Required class $3,000 $3,000
Ariz.
Advisory letter. Letter of reprimand $3,000 $3,000
Calif.
Public reprimand $3,000 $3,000
Ohio
Suspension with conditions for reinstatement, followed by five years probation with various terms, conditions and limitations. $3,000 $3,000
Wis.
Practice restrictions, probation. Stayed revocation with practice limitations $2,836 $2,836
Mich.
One year suspension $2,751 $2,751
N.C.
Consent order with conditions. Reprimand, fine. Reprimanded and indefinitely suspended with conditions for reinstatement. Surrender with subsequent temporary reinstatements $2,747 $2,747
Wis.
Reprimand $2,724 $1,974 $750
Wash.
Five-year suspension with various conditions and fine $2,670 $2,670
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions $2,550 $1,600 $950
Calif.
Thirty-five months probation with various terms and conditions. Three years probation with various terms and conditions $2,500 $2,500
N.J.
Fine. Public reprimand $2,500 $2,500
Texas
Five years probation $2,500 $2,500
Fla.
Fine. Fine, community service, evaluation, chaperone. License revoked $2,500 $2,500
La.
Warning from FDA $2,500 $2,500
Calif.
Warning from FDA $2,500 $2,500
Ore.
Reprimand. Reprimand with 60 day suspension $2,500 $2,500
Fla.
Letter of concern, fine, required classes, report to board $2,105 $1,105 $1,000
Texas
Denied license. Given license a year later when legislature changed the law. $2,025 $2,025
S.C.
Reprimand, fine, comply with clinical evaluation recommendations $2,000 $2,000
Pa.
Civil penalty $2,000 $2,000
Fla.
Fine, required classes $2,000 $2,000
Iowa
Fine, reprimand $2,000 $2,000
Texas
Required classes, assessment. Fine. Two year agreement with terms and conditions $2,000 $1,500 $500
Ill.
Fine, reprimand $2,000 $2,000
Texas
Required classes $1,850 $1,850
Fla.
Medicaid: fine, corrective action plan $1,829 $1,829
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions $1,821 $1,821
Calif.
Public reprimand, with terms and conditions. Public reprimand, with terms and conditions, training program, required classes $1,814 $1,814
Mo.
Probation. Reprimand $1,800 $1,800
Texas
Fine $1,800 $1,800
N.Y.
Suspension, probation $1,750 $1,750
Ill.
License issuance with two months probation $1,750 $1,750
Calif.
Public reprimand $1,750 $1,750
Md.
Reprimand, required classes, peer review $1,750 $1,750
Fla.
Agreed to never reapply or activate registration for license in NY. Letter of concern, fine, community service, required classes $1,700 $1,700
Texas
Required classes, fine. Ordered to speak at classes on female urinary incontinence $1,588 $1,588
Ohio
Three years probation with terms, conditions and limitations, surrender of DEA certificate, ineligible to reapply without prior board approval (later granted) $1,525 $1,525
Pa.
Warning from FDA $1,500 $1,500
Calif.
Public reprimand $1,500 $1,500
N.C.
License surrender. Reprimand $1,500 $1,500
Pa.
One year probation with various terms and conditions $1,500 $1,500
Texas
Required classes, fine $1,500 $1,500
Texas
Fine $1,500 $1,500
N.C.
License surrender. Restriction. Six months probation with various terms and conditions $1,500 $1,500
Texas
Fine $1,500 $1,500
Ala.
Warning from FDA $1,375 $1,075 $300
N.J.
Reprimand, fine, required classes $1,362 $1,362
N.Y.
Thirty-six months probation, fine, community service, required class $1,325 $1,325
Ga.
Fine, required class $1,297 $1,297
Calif.
Public reprimand $1,246 $1,246
Texas
Public reprimand, restrictions $1,242 $1,242
Ill.
Two years probation $1,100 $1,100
Fla.
Reprimand, one year probation $1,080 $1,080
Fla.
Fine. Fine, reprimand, two years probation, required classes, community service, supervision $1,040 $1,040
Ill.
Reprimand, fine $1,027 $1,027
Calif.
Fine. Probation with various terms and conditions. Two years probation with various terms and conditions $1,001 $1,001
Calif.
Public reprimand $1,000 $1,000
Mich.
Reprimand. Suspension, fine. Three years probation, limitations, fine $1,000 $1,000
Texas
Required classes. Fine $1,000 $1,000
Colo.
Letter of admonition $1,000 $1,000
Fla.
Medicaid: overpayment agreement $1,000 $1,000
Ariz.
Letter of reprimand. Letter of reprimand, three years probation $1,000 $1,000
Minn.
Reprimand, required class, fine $1,000 $1,000
Texas
Boundaries course, chaperone, fine $1,000 $1,000
Texas
Public reprimand, fine, required classes, monitoring $1,000 $1,000
Fla.
Fine, required classes $1,000 $1,000
Texas
Required classes, fine $879 $879
Okla.
Restriction $869 $869
Texas
Required classes, fine $846 $846
Md.
Reprimand, minimum one year probation with terms and conditions $800 $800
Ohio
Application to take FLEX in OH granted without option to sit in another state as a courtesy candidate for OH licensure $800 $800
Texas
Public reprimand, granted a license under conditions $767 $767
Iowa
Chaperone, required classes, fine, practice restriction. License restricted until he proves to board he able to safely practice medicine $750 $750
Calif.
Accusation and petition to revoke probation [PENDING]. Surrender of license $750 $750
Mich.
Administrative complaint [PENDING]. One year probation with various terms and conditions $705 $705
Texas
Public reprimand, fine, terms and conditions $697 $697
N.Y.
Five years probation, suspension, limitation, required classes $693 $693
Md.
Letter of reprimand $675 $675
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions. License suspended $668 $668
Texas
Required classes, monitoring or records $624 $624
Calif.
Citation and fine. Two years probation with various terms and conditions $615 $615
Conn.
Two years probation with conditions, fine $542 $542
Colo.
Required class $522 $522
Calif.
Three years probation with various terms and conditions $510 $510
Calif.
Three years probation with various terms and conditions $500 $500
Colo.
Agreement not to practice medicine until proven to board he has completed CO probation. Five years probation with various terms and conditions $500 $500
Texas
Public reprimand, required classes, exam, fine $500 $500
Calif.
Citation and fine $500 $500
Mo.
Thirty day suspension, five years probation, chaperone, must undergo psychiatric treatment $450 $450
Conn.
Reprimand, fine $250 $250
Texas
Two fines $250 $250
Calif.
Five years probation with various terms and conditions. Four years probation with various terms and conditions $250 $250
Calif.
Public reprimand $100 $100
  • Because the review covered only 30 states, there may be other practitioners in the Dollars for Docs database that also have a record of regulatory sanctions.
  • Payee names were primarily checked against medical and osteopathic boards. However, some practitioners are nurses, pharmacists or other health providers.
  • Cases that involved minor, non-medical infractions, such as failing to update addresses or to take continuing medical education courses, were not included in our list of 290 sanctioned practitioners.
  • Pending accusations were not included unless the practitioner had been previously sanctioned.
  • The quality of information and the severity of the discipline imposed vary greatly by state. The same infraction may lead to harsh restrictions in one state and a mild rebuke in another.
  • Some states remove older disciplinary actions from their websites. These actions generally are not included.
  • The list does not necessarily note if a practitioner’s sanction or practice restrictions were modified or terminated. Documents detailing such modifications are posted where available.
  • The list may not include sanctions imposed after ProPublica completed its state searches. To check current status, consult the state medical board.
  • We relied on a regulator’s summary of its actions when available. As a result, our list of sanctions may not include all penalties, such as required monitoring or classes.