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/103269
  • 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/103269
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

GERALD BERTIGER

Listed Specialty: Gastroenterology
1811 BETHLEHEM PIKE, FLOURTOWN, PA, 19031-1111

Payments: At a Glance

302

payments

$68,803

payment total

31

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
15 $33,127
Consulting
8 $20,086
Travel and Lodging
32 $8,200
Food and Beverage
242 $7,138
Accredited Training
1 $195
Education
4 $57

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
PREPOPIK

drug

$39,503
VIBERZI

drug

$10,529
LINZESS

drug

$10,368
HUMIRA

drug

$615
VIEKIRA

drug

$425
ORBERA

device

$293
REMICADE

drug

$284
OLYSIO

drug

$274
SIMPONI

drug

$264
XIFAXAN

drug

$256
CIMZIA

drug

$240
HARVONI

drug

$215
PENTASA

drug

$203
LIALDA

drug

$170
MOVIPREP

drug

$127
LINZESS 145 MCG

drug

$124
LINZESS 290 MCG

drug

$124
CREON

drug

$104
STELARA

drug

$102
KANUMA

drug

$96
ENTYVIO

drug

$91
† 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.

For ease of printing, only the 20 drugs and devices with the highest payments are displayed. For a complete list, please visit: https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/103269

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Oct 1, 2014 $7,524

No Listed Product Consulting Ferring Research Institute Inc.
Oct 23, 2013 $4,620

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sep 21, 2015 $4,000

No Listed Product Consulting Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Dec 12, 2013 $3,696

PREPOPIK Consulting Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Oct 14, 2013 $3,234

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Oct 13, 2014 $3,200

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Oct 21, 2013 $3,003

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sep 13, 2013 $2,310

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sep 9, 2013 $2,310

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Oct 14, 2013 $2,310

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Nov 16, 2016 $2,140

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Jun 3, 2014 $2,000

PREPOPIK Promotional Speaking/Other Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Feb 16, 2016 $1,750

LINZESS VIBERZI Promotional Speaking/Other Allergan Inc.
Jun 15, 2016 $1,750

LINZESS VIBERZI Promotional Speaking/Other Allergan Inc.
Jun 10, 2015 $1,652

PREPOPIK Consulting Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Jan 23, 2016 $1,500

LINZESS VIBERZI Promotional Speaking/Other Allergan Inc.
Oct 29, 2014 $1,468

No Listed Product Consulting Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Jun 8, 2016 $1,400

LINZESS VIBERZI Promotional Speaking/Other Allergan Inc.
Nov 2, 2016 $1,400

LINZESS VIBERZI Promotional Speaking/Other Allergan Inc.
Oct 21, 2013 $924

PREPOPIK Consulting Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Oct 9, 2013 $856

PREPOPIK Travel and Lodging Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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/103269

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].