Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

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ProPublica's Dollars for Docs database lets you search for payments to U.S.-based doctors made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies between August 2013 and December 2016. The disclosure of these payments is required under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.


About This Information

  • The information that appears here comes directly from the federal government. Companies must attest to its accuracy and doctors have the ability to contest information they believe is in error.
  • This site includes payments for such activities as speaking, consulting, meals, travel and royalties. It does not include payments for clinical research.
  • It is legal for companies to make payments to doctors as long as the payments are not a kickback or inducement to use their products.
  • Some doctors say collaborative relationships, particularly those involving research, are necessary to develop new treatments and cures. But many ethicists have raised questions about the payments, and studies show that they may influence doctors' prescribing decisions.
  • Only you can decide if this matters to you and if so, whether you want to talk to your doctor about it. If you plan to talk with your doctor (or if you already have), please help us by filling out this short survey: <a href='https://propub.li/participate-d4d'>propub.li/participate-d4d</a>

Preparing for Your Conversation

If you decide you'd like to talk to your doctor about this, please keep in mind:

  • Many healthcare professionals in our database have similar names, so you should start by asking your doctor if the person mentioned in this payment record is really him/her.
  • Your doctor may not know he or she is listed as receiving payments, especially if the payments are small. You can direct your doctor to this site (the URL will be printed at the top of the payment record) or directly to the government's site here: https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/1020045
  • Some doctors are happy to discuss this information with you. Others might not be. The best approach is to ask questions and to <strong>not</strong> be accusatory.

Questions You Might Want to Ask

  • Is this you?
  • What type of work do you do with these companies?
  • Have you prescribed me any drugs that are manufactured by companies you've taken payments from?
  • Are there non-drug alternatives that I may want to consider first?
  • Are there less expensive generic alternatives to the drugs you have prescribed?
  • What devices have you used in my care that are manufactured by companies you've taken payments from?

Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/1020045
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

WILLIAM SCHAFFNER

Listed Specialty: Infectious Disease
3601 TVC, NASHVILLE, TN, 37232-0001

Payments: At a Glance

73

payments

$75,608

payment total

5

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
32 $29,260
Consulting
11 $27,695
Promotional Speaking/Other
4 $10,646
Honoraria
3 $6,000
Food and Beverage
21 $1,126
Nonaccredited Training
2 $881

Drugs & Devices

Totals listed below account for all payments from August 2013 to December 2016 that mention this product. If a payment record mentions more than one product, the entire value will be included in each of those products. When no products are listed, they are not included in the list below.

Product Name Product Type Payments
OTHER

drug

$13,485
NON-COVERED PRODUCT

device

$10,572
GARDASIL

drug

$2,978
NON-COVERED PRODUCT

drug

$2,880
V114

drug

$1,125
PREVNAR 13

drug

$4
TRUMENBA

drug

$4
† May not add up to dollar total at top of page, since a payment record may not be associated with any product or can be associated with several products.

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Nov 18, 2015 $8,698

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Jun 17, 2015 $6,500

other Promotional Speaking/Other Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation
Dec 10, 2015 $5,740

No Listed Product Consulting GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Aug 14, 2013 $5,600

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Aug 14, 2013 $5,600

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Dec 26, 2016 $5,280

NON-COVERED PRODUCT Consulting Pfizer Inc. WILLIAM SCHAFFNER
Aug 15, 2014 $4,000

No Listed Product Consulting Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Aug 22, 2016 $3,500

OTHER Consulting SANOFI PASTEUR INC.
Oct 1, 2014 $3,500

No Listed Product Honoraria Pfizer Inc. THE CLEVELAND CLINIC EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Aug 14, 2013 $3,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Aug 17, 2015 $2,880

NON-COVERED PRODUCT Consulting Pfizer Inc. WILLIAM SCHAFFNER
Nov 5, 2014 $2,000

No Listed Product Honoraria Pfizer Inc. THE GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Sep 5, 2016 $1,760

NON-COVERED PRODUCT Consulting Pfizer Inc. WILLIAM SCHAFFNER
Mar 14, 2016 $1,680

NON-COVERED PRODUCT Consulting Pfizer Inc. WILLIAM SCHAFFNER
Jul 10, 2015 $1,455

other Travel and Lodging Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation
Jun 4, 2015 $1,455

GARDASIL Travel and Lodging Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation
Nov 5, 2014 $1,253

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Pfizer Inc. THE GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Dec 10, 2015 $1,250

No Listed Product Consulting GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Sep 28, 2016 $1,144

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Aug 14, 2013 $930

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Nov 12, 2015 $660

other Nonaccredited Training

Details: Payment made to Third Party Organization not to Physician.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

For ease of printing, 20 payments are displayed, the largest appearing on top. For a full list of payments, please visit: https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/1020045

Note: We have made some effort to normalize the data and eliminate duplicates, but data is primarily as it has been reported by the companies to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To purchase the normalized data, please visit the ProPublica Data Store. If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected].