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/110559
  • 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/110559
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

GARY SCHAER

Listed Specialty: Interventional Cardiology
1725 W HARRISON ST, SUITE 1159, CHICAGO, IL, 60612-3841

Payments: At a Glance

72

payments

$52,990

payment total

11

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
20 $44,963
Travel and Lodging
20 $4,520
Food and Beverage
27 $1,808
Promotional Speaking/Other
3 $1,582
Education
2 $117

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
BRILINTA

drug

$16,040
CARTICEL

drug

$12,386
KENGREAL

drug

$3,351
NON FRANCHISE - NON PROD RELATED

drug

$3,257
REVASCOR

drug

$1,314
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

drug

$1,247
ATHERECTOMY DEVICE

device

$543
STENTS

device

$500
ABLATION CATHETERS AND ACCESSORIES

device

$182
NIRXCELL

device

$170
CLEVIPREX

drug

$93
† 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
Aug 19, 2015 $8,050

BRILINTA Consulting AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Jun 24, 2015 $5,350

No Listed Product Consulting AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Aug 29, 2013 $5,350

BRILINTA Consulting AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Apr 22, 2016 $5,000

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Mar 21, 2015 $3,820

No Listed Product Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Feb 14, 2016 $3,750

No Listed Product Consulting

Details: Research Related Service

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Aug 22, 2013 $3,240

Non Franchise - Non Prod Related Consulting Baxter Healthcare
Dec 29, 2015 $3,000

KENGREAL Consulting The Medicines Company
Mar 11, 2016 $2,500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Feb 21, 2014 $1,082

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Promotional Speaking/Other Baxter Healthcare
Jul 16, 2015 $710

BRILINTA Travel and Lodging

Details: Consulting Expenses

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Aug 2, 2013 $544

BRILINTA Travel and Lodging

Details: Consulting Expenses

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Apr 29, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Dec 16, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Oct 6, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
May 27, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Jul 7, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Apr 5, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Oct 27, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Aug 25, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation
Jul 28, 2016 $500

CARTICEL Consulting Vericel Corporation

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/110559

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].