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/11672
  • 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/11672
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

BULENT ARSLAN

Listed Specialty: Vascular & Interventional Radiology
1725 W HARRISON ST, CHICAGO, IL, 60612-3841

Payments: At a Glance

381

payments

$166,168

payment total

36

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
23 $73,555
Travel and Lodging
100 $32,219
Honoraria
11 $22,885
Food and Beverage
239 $19,293
Consulting
5 $12,950
Accredited Training
1 $5,200
Grant
1 $42
Entertainment
1 $24

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
COILS

device

$37,567
INDIGO

device

$28,594
VIABAHN ENDOPROSTHESIS

device

$26,461
PENUMBRA RUBY COIL

device

$22,158
THERASPHERE - BIO

device

$11,956
RUBY

device

$8,696
POD

device

$6,945
CONCERTO

device

$6,286
COOK MEDICAL EMBOLIZATION

device

$5,351
APTUS HELI-FX

device

$5,000
FLOW DIVERSION

device

$4,689
VASCULAR

device

$4,286
AORTIC STENT GRAFTS

device

$3,898
GENERAL - VASCULAR INTERVENTION

device

$3,469
PERIPHERAL ORBITAL ATHERECTOMY SYSTEM

device

$2,987
ENDURANT

device

$1,824
CATHETER

device

$1,519
VASCULAR DISEASE

device

$1,493
CORONARY ORBITAL ATHERECTOMY SYSTEM

device

$1,382
NEUROVASCULAR STENTS

device

$1,348
NEUROVASCULAR ACCESS DELIVERY

device

$1,348
† 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/11672

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Jun 1, 2016 $7,200

Indigo Penumbra Ruby Coil Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Services in connection with a training or educational event

Penumbra, Inc.
Oct 25, 2016 $5,200

Cook Medical Embolization Accredited Training Cook Incorporated
Sep 23, 2014 $5,000

VIABAHN ENDOPROSTHESIS Honoraria W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Mar 3, 2016 $5,000

Aptus Heli-FX Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Oct 2, 2015 $4,175

THERASPHERE - BIO Promotional Speaking/Other Biocompatibles, Inc.
Dec 10, 2014 $4,025

Coils Promotional Speaking/Other Covidien Sales LLC
Dec 10, 2014 $4,025

Coils Promotional Speaking/Other Covidien Sales LLC
Dec 10, 2014 $4,025

Coils Promotional Speaking/Other Covidien Sales LLC
Dec 10, 2014 $4,025

Coils Promotional Speaking/Other Covidien Sales LLC
Dec 10, 2014 $4,025

Coils Promotional Speaking/Other Covidien Sales LLC
Dec 10, 2014 $4,025

Coils Promotional Speaking/Other Covidien Sales LLC
Sep 24, 2014 $3,780

Coils Promotional Speaking/Other Covidien Sales LLC
Nov 5, 2014 $3,750

Aortic Stent Grafts Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Sep 24, 2014 $3,500

Coils Promotional Speaking/Other Covidien Sales LLC
Dec 28, 2015 $3,450

Vascular Consulting Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
Jun 14, 2016 $3,150

Concerto Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jul 27, 2016 $2,975

Concerto Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Feb 6, 2014 $2,800

THERASPHERE - BIO Consulting BTG International Canada Inc.
May 4, 2016 $2,500

GENERAL - VASCULAR INTERVENTION Promotional Speaking/Other BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
Jun 1, 2016 $2,400

Indigo Penumbra Ruby Coil Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Services in connection with a training or educational event

Penumbra, Inc.
Jun 1, 2016 $2,400

Indigo Penumbra Ruby Coil Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Services in connection with a training or educational event

Penumbra, 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/11672

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].