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/163038
  • 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/163038
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MARK YAZER

Listed Specialty:
200 LOTHROP ST, PITTSBURGH, PA, 15213-2546

Payments: At a Glance

117

payments

$841,805

payment total

8

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
34 $809K
Travel and Lodging
49 $16,860
Nonaccredited Training
3 $4,500
Consulting
4 $4,036
Education
5 $2,800
Honoraria
2 $2,000
Accredited Training
1 $1,500
Food and Beverage
18 $1,074
Royalty or License
1 $360

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
PANTHER

device

$6,553
ACRODOSE

device

$2,452
BLOOD BAGS

device

$934
SPECTRA OPTIA APHERESIS SYSTEM

device

$700
REVEOS

device

$378
† 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
Jun 8, 2016 $283,956

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Comp Svcs - CK#70570

Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
Jan 31, 2014 $191,511

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
Feb 18, 2015 $170,236

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Comp svcs #49627

Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
Jun 24, 2015 $21,280

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Comp svcs #55430

Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
May 13, 2015 $21,280

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Comp svcs #53444

Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
Mar 25, 2015 $21,280

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Comp svcs #51246

Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
Apr 15, 2015 $21,280

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Comp svcs #52167

Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
Apr 23, 2014 $21,279

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
May 28, 2014 $21,279

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
Jul 16, 2014 $21,279

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Institute for Transfusion Medicine UPP-Department of Pathology
May 14, 2014 $2,667

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Grifols Shared Services North America, Inc.
Oct 25, 2013 $1,900

No Listed Product Education Grifols, S.A.
Sep 29, 2013 $1,706

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: This transaction represents more than one payment or transfer of value related to a single event or contracted service and is of the same form and nature

Grifols, S.A.
Nov 25, 2013 $1,700

No Listed Product Consulting Grifols, S.A.
Apr 7, 2014 $1,500

Panther Promotional Speaking/Other Grifols Diagnostic Solutions Inc.
Jun 17, 2016 $1,500

Acrodose Honoraria

Details: Speaking event at the South Carolina Association of Blood Banks Mtg 622016

Haemonetics Corporation
Dec 18, 2013 $1,500

No Listed Product Consulting Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Mar 28, 2014 $1,500

Panther Promotional Speaking/Other Grifols Diagnostic Solutions Inc.
May 9, 2014 $1,500

Panther Promotional Speaking/Other Grifols Diagnostic Solutions Inc.
Mar 5, 2014 $1,500

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Oct 16, 2014 $1,500

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics 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/163038

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].