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/1039543
  • 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/1039543
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

AMIT TAGGAR

Listed Specialty: Surgery
508 S HABANA AVE STE 160, TAMPA, FL, 33609-4190

Payments: At a Glance

148

payments

$19,787

payment total

20

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
32 $9,295
Food and Beverage
115 $5,992
Education
1 $4,500

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
DA VINCI SURGICAL SYSTEM

device

$7,327
ENDOSCOPY ENDOCUTTERS

device

$3,478
BAND

device

$1,556
OVERSTITCH AND OR LAPBAND

device

$1,452
SURGICAL

device

$1,436
ENERGY HARMONIC

device

$999
ACCESS INSTRUMENTATION

device

$752
HARMONIC PRODUCT FAMILY

device

$422
BIO-A TISSUE REINFORCEMENT

device

$380
ENDOSCOPY TROCARS

device

$340
SONICISION

device

$312
ENDO STAPLING

device

$308
ADVANCED WOUND CARE

device

$300
RELIATACK

device

$298
VESSEL SEALING

device

$245
MESH

device

$242
BIOSURGICALS

device

$242
SEAMGUARD BIOABSORBABLE STAPLE LINE REINFORCEMENT

device

$195
AIR-SEAL

device

$127
ENERGY: OTHER

device

$124
ENDOSCOPY: TROCARS

device

$124
† 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/1039543

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Oct 27, 2015 $4,500

Da Vinci Surgical System Education Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
May 8, 2015 $997

ENDOSCOPY ENDOCUTTERS Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to Product Training Activity

Ethicon US, LLC
Jun 19, 2014 $802

Band Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

Ethicon US, LLC
Feb 16, 2015 $758

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Oct 19, 2015 $752

ACCESS INSTRUMENTATION Travel and Lodging Covidien Sales LLC
Oct 26, 2015 $633

Surgical Travel and Lodging Davol Inc.
Jan 12, 2015 $469

Surgical Travel and Lodging Davol Inc.
Dec 31, 2015 $419

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Feb 9, 2016 $419

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Sep 25, 2014 $394

Endoscopy Endocutters Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

Ethicon US, LLC
Sep 25, 2014 $351

Endoscopy Endocutters Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

Ethicon US, LLC
Jun 19, 2014 $342

Band Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

Ethicon US, LLC
Sep 29, 2014 $334

Surgical Travel and Lodging Davol Inc.
Mar 30, 2016 $312

Sonicision Travel and Lodging Covidien Sales LLC
May 8, 2015 $305

ENDOSCOPY ENDOCUTTERS Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to Product Training Activity

Ethicon US, LLC
Sep 25, 2014 $274

Endoscopy Endocutters Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

Ethicon US, LLC
Jun 19, 2014 $272

Band Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

Ethicon US, LLC
Dec 23, 2014 $263

Overstitch and or LapBand Travel and Lodging Apollo Endosurgery Inc
Nov 8, 2015 $224

Endo Stapling Vessel Sealing Travel and Lodging Covidien Sales LLC
May 14, 2014 $195

SEAMGUARD BIOABSORBABLE STAPLE LINE REINFORCEMENT Food and Beverage W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
May 8, 2015 $155

ENDOSCOPY ENDOCUTTERS Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to Product Training Activity

Ethicon US, LLC

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/1039543

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].