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/1031682
  • 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/1031682
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SUNDARAMURTHY BALACHANDRAN

Listed Specialty: Family Medicine
145 POMFRET STREET, RIVERVIEW MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, PUTNAM, CT, 06260

Payments: At a Glance

15

payments

$384

payment total

8

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
11 $161
Education
2 $138
Consulting
2 $85

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
BRINTELLIX

drug

$138
TROKENDI XR

drug

$69
VIBERZI

drug

$40
BREO ELLIPTA

drug

$25
LYRICA

drug

$16
PRISTIQ

drug

$16
FETZIMA

drug

$16
VIIBRYD

drug

$16
NASONEX

drug

$11
DULERA

drug

$11
JANUMET XR

drug

$11
JANUMET

drug

$11
JANUVIA

drug

$11
VRAYLAR

drug

$10
† 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

All payments are displayed, the largest appearing on top.

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Nov 16, 2014 $69

Brintellix Education Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
Nov 19, 2013 $69

Brintellix Education Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Jun 27, 2014 $60

No Listed Product Consulting

Details: Payment was made by a third party for participation in a market research study on behalf of GSK

GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Aug 12, 2014 $25

BREO ELLIPTA Consulting

Details: Payment was made by a third party for participation in a market research study on behalf of GSK

GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Feb 18, 2015 $23

TROKENDI XR Food and Beverage Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Oct 19, 2016 $23

TROKENDI XR Food and Beverage Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aug 12, 2016 $17

VIBERZI Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Sep 20, 2013 $16

LYRICA PRISTIQ Food and Beverage Pfizer Inc.
Apr 9, 2015 $16

FETZIMA VIIBRYD Food and Beverage Actavis Pharma Inc
Aug 31, 2016 $12

VIBERZI Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Jul 16, 2014 $12

TROKENDI XR Food and Beverage Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jun 19, 2014 $11

JANUVIA JANUMET NASONEX JANUMET XR DULERA Food and Beverage Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation
May 4, 2016 $10

TROKENDI XR Food and Beverage Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jul 20, 2016 $10

VIBERZI Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Dec 5, 2016 $10

VRAYLAR Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.

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].