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/168470
  • 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/168470
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

JOHN ANDERSON

Listed Specialty: Foot and Ankle Surgery
1111 LEFFINGWELL AVE NE, STE 100, GRAND RAPIDS, MI, 49525

Payments: At a Glance

249

payments

$654,482

payment total

17

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
20 $463K
Consulting
24 $95,138
Promotional Speaking/Other
15 $66,178
Travel and Lodging
72 $22,547
Food and Beverage
111 $5,844
Entertainment
5 $865
Honoraria
1 $500
Education
1 $450

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
TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES

device

$345K
ANCHORAGE

device

$197K
VARIAX

device

$179K
FOOTANDANKLE

device

$28,989
DARCO

device

$21,898
INFINITY

device

$19,186
STAR

device

$13,682
EASY CLIP

device

$10,750
SMART TOE

device

$10,750
HOFFMAN

device

$10,750
BIO4

device

$10,500
VITOSS

device

$10,500
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

device

$6,800
SET - FOOT AND ANKLE

device

$6,100
FOOT AND ANKLE

device

$5,348
TRAUMA

device

$4,047
FOOT AND ANKLE

drug

$3,462
OTHER

device

$2,811
BIOMATERIALS

device

$2,393
ALPS PROX TIB PLATES

device

$1,983
BONE SUBSTITUTES BIOLOGICS

device

$1,808
† 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/168470

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Aug 13, 2015 $56,520

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Feb 11, 2016 $48,804

Anchorage Variax Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
May 12, 2016 $44,242

Anchorage Variax Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 14, 2016 $42,164

Anchorage Variax Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Aug 11, 2016 $41,009

Anchorage Variax Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 12, 2015 $40,295

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Feb 12, 2015 $33,294

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
May 14, 2014 $32,604

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
May 14, 2015 $28,496

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Aug 14, 2014 $25,368

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 13, 2014 $25,250

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Feb 13, 2014 $22,868

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 14, 2013 $18,169

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Jun 25, 2015 $17,000

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Consulting Stryker Corporation
Apr 2, 2014 $15,500

FootandAnkle Promotional Speaking/Other WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Jun 19, 2014 $13,200

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Consulting Stryker Corporation
Jun 19, 2014 $12,200

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Consulting Stryker Corporation
Mar 24, 2016 $10,750

Anchorage Easy Clip hoffman Smart Toe star Consulting Stryker Corporation
Feb 11, 2016 $10,500

Anchorage Bio4 vitoss Consulting Stryker Corporation
Mar 1, 2016 $8,769

INFINITY Promotional Speaking/Other Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Jun 25, 2015 $7,000

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Consulting Stryker 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/168470

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].