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/123748
  • 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/123748
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MUHAMMED ALI

Listed Specialty: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
1901 PORT LN, AMARILLO, TX, 79106-2430

Payments: At a Glance

64

payments

$4,627

payment total

17

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
7 $2,641
Food and Beverage
57 $1,986

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
TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM

device

$2,977
TACHYCARDIA HF

device

$1,615
TACHYCARDIA LEAD

device

$1,304
CVX-300/CVX-300P

device

$385
EVERA

device

$139
LIFEVEST

device

$134
OFIRMEV

drug

$110
C-PULSE

device

$109
ENTRESTO

drug

$106
RANEXA

drug

$101
SLS IIGLIDELIGHT

device

$95
ELIQUIS

drug

$57
CARDIAC RHYTHM MANAGEMENT

device

$54
VIAGRA

drug

$39
BRILINTA

drug

$32
DIABETES CARE

device

$24
IMAGEREADY MR-CONDITIONAL PACING SYSTEM

device

$23
OTHER- BSC PRODUCT NOT LISTED

device

$19
STANDARD THERAPEUTIC

device

$18
EMBLEM S-ICD

device

$18
REVEAL LINQ

device

$17
† 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/123748

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Aug 14, 2014 $945

TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM TACHYCARDIA LEAD Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Sep 19, 2015 $831

TACHYCARDIA HF TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Sep 19, 2015 $314

TACHYCARDIA HF TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Sep 19, 2015 $287

TACHYCARDIA HF TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Aug 14, 2014 $244

TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM TACHYCARDIA LEAD Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Apr 21, 2015 $149

CVX-300/CVX-300P Food and Beverage The Spectranetics Corporation
Apr 21, 2015 $130

CVX-300/CVX-300P Travel and Lodging The Spectranetics Corporation
Sep 19, 2015 $128

TACHYCARDIA HF TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Jan 21, 2016 $111

Evera Food and Beverage Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Jun 11, 2014 $110

OFIRMEV Food and Beverage Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aug 27, 2014 $109

C-Pulse Food and Beverage

Details: C-Pulse

Sunshine Heart Inc
Aug 27, 2015 $106

ENTRESTO Food and Beverage NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION
Apr 20, 2016 $101

Ranexa Food and Beverage

Details: ;GS0001U9PA;AHM;8049754 - 1858861 - 30991320;1858861;12793699;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Jan 29, 2015 $95

SLS IIGLIDELIGHT Food and Beverage The Spectranetics Corporation
Sep 17, 2014 $82

LifeVest Food and Beverage ZOLL Services LLC (A/K/A ZOLL LifeCor Corp)
Aug 14, 2014 $67

TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM TACHYCARDIA LEAD Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Apr 21, 2015 $60

CVX-300/CVX-300P Food and Beverage The Spectranetics Corporation
Aug 14, 2014 $49

TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM TACHYCARDIA LEAD Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Apr 21, 2015 $47

CVX-300/CVX-300P Food and Beverage The Spectranetics Corporation
Jan 8, 2014 $40

Cardiac Rhythm Management Food and Beverage St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Aug 13, 2014 $35

TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM Food and Beverage Boston Scientific 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/123748

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].