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/164363
  • 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/164363
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

WILLIAM SANDBORN

Listed Specialty: Gastroenterology
200 W ARBOR DR, SAN DIEGO, CA, 92103-9001

Payments: At a Glance

563

payments

$706,365

payment total

42

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
150 $464K
Travel and Lodging
150 $126K
Promotional Speaking/Other
35 $50,685
Food and Beverage
192 $21,288
Honoraria
6 $17,435
Education
26 $14,543
Accredited Training
2 $6,000
Nonaccredited Training
1 $4,375
Grant
1 $2,000

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
HUMIRA

drug

$92,289
XELJANZ

drug

$69,570
CIMZIA

drug

$56,058
ENTYVIO

drug

$40,491
REMICADE

drug

$23,507
STELARA

drug

$16,972
SIMPONI

drug

$16,673
GATTEX

drug

$14,894
NON-COVERED PRODUCT

device

$14,550
NON-COVERED PRODUCT

drug

$10,643
LOTRONEX

drug

$7,019
OTHER

drug

$6,922
ANDROGEL

drug

$6,533
LUPRON

drug

$6,533
SYNTHROID

drug

$6,533
VIEKIRA

drug

$6,533
XIFAXAN

drug

$5,207
UCERIS

drug

$4,844
INJECTAFER

drug

$4,000
LAQUINIMOD

drug

$3,750
APRISO

drug

$3,526
† 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/164363

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Jul 2, 2015 $60,000

No Listed Product Consulting

Details: Takeda Medical and Scientific Group Related Activity

Takeda California, Inc. University of Califronia San Diego
Aug 24, 2016 $12,513

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Shire North American Group Inc
Jul 17, 2014 $12,500

Entyvio Consulting Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Dec 23, 2015 $12,350

No Listed Product Consulting

Details: Takeda Medical and Scientific Group Related Activity

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
Dec 23, 2015 $11,551

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: Takeda Medical and Scientific Group Related Activity

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
May 7, 2015 $11,274

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Jan 18, 2014 $10,966

Humira Travel and Lodging AbbVie, Inc.
Mar 19, 2016 $9,803

GATTEX Travel and Lodging Shire North American Group Inc
Jun 30, 2016 $9,033

XELJANZ Travel and Lodging Pfizer Inc.
May 20, 2015 $9,000

Cimzia Consulting UCB SA
Nov 23, 2016 $8,878

No Listed Product Honoraria Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co.KG
Dec 7, 2016 $8,125

No Listed Product Consulting Allergan Inc.
Jul 15, 2014 $7,987

Cimzia Food and Beverage UCB, Inc.
May 27, 2015 $7,500

Humira Consulting

Details: N/A

AbbVie, Inc.
Mar 19, 2014 $7,500

Humira Consulting AbbVie, Inc.
Jan 16, 2015 $7,220

Humira Travel and Lodging AbbVie, Inc.
Nov 6, 2013 $7,100

No Listed Product Consulting

Details: Fair market value compensation for serving as a medical expert to Novo Nordisk and for providing medical and scientific information or advice on topics such as the marketplace, products, therapeutic areas and the needs of patients.

Novo Nordisk AS
Nov 6, 2013 $7,002

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Novo Nordisk AS
Nov 19, 2014 $7,000

Entyvio Consulting Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Jul 29, 2016 $7,000

XELJANZ Consulting Pfizer Inc. THE REGENTS UNIV OF CALIFORNIA DEPT OF GASTROENTER
May 27, 2015 $6,500

Humira Consulting

Details: N/A

AbbVie, 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/164363

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].