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/169320
  • 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/169320
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ANN STRAIGHT

Listed Specialty: Pediatric Endocrinology
5107 MEDICAL DR, SAN ANTONIO, TX, 78229-4801

Payments: At a Glance

575

payments

$8,157

payment total

37

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
572 $8,080
Education
2 $48
Gift
1 $29

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
ONE TOUCH PING

device

$687
HUMALOG

drug

$484
LEVEMIR

drug

$467
NOVOLOG

drug

$467
T-SLIM INSULIN PUMP

device

$460
SAIZEN

drug

$447
VICTOZA

drug

$445
ONETOUCH

device

$433
OMNIPOD INSULIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

device

$370
PUMPS

device

$336
VASCEPA

drug

$325
SYNTHROID

drug

$320
INSULIN PUMP

device

$303
SOLIRIS

drug

$284
LUPRON

drug

$267
INVOKANA

drug

$182
GENOTROPIN

drug

$174
LANTUS

drug

$173
SUPPRELIN LA

drug

$167
DIABETES CARE

device

$155
NORDITROPIN

drug

$148
† 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/169320

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Nov 6, 2016 $105

Clarivein Food and Beverage Vascular Insights, LLC
Dec 16, 2015 $100

SOLIRIS Food and Beverage Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Oct 23, 2015 $99

SOLIRIS Food and Beverage Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Feb 19, 2015 $83

US - Ultrasound Systems Food and Beverage Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
Jul 23, 2015 $45

No Listed Product Education Genentech USA, Inc.
Sep 16, 2014 $45

t-slim insulin pump Food and Beverage Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Jan 23, 2014 $45

t-slim insulin pump Food and Beverage Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Jul 18, 2014 $41

t-slim insulin pump Food and Beverage Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Jul 1, 2014 $40

t-slim insulin pump Food and Beverage Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Aug 19, 2013 $35

One Touch Ping Food and Beverage Animas Corporation
Jul 24, 2015 $35

Strensiq Food and Beverage Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Apr 28, 2014 $34

t-slim insulin pump Food and Beverage Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Apr 22, 2015 $33

Vascepa Food and Beverage Amarin Pharma Inc.
Nov 7, 2016 $33

OneTouch Food and Beverage Animas Corporation
Dec 19, 2013 $33

t-slim insulin pump Food and Beverage Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Apr 11, 2014 $33

t-slim insulin pump Food and Beverage Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Mar 3, 2014 $31

t-slim insulin pump Food and Beverage Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
May 4, 2015 $30

One Touch Ping Pumps Food and Beverage LifeScan, Inc.
Oct 13, 2016 $30

OneTouch Food and Beverage Animas Corporation
Nov 25, 2014 $29

Sampling Needle Assembly STD G7 G8 Gift Tosoh Bioscience, Inc. Diabetes and GlandularDisease Clinic PA
Apr 21, 2016 $28

SOLIRIS Food and Beverage Alexion Pharmaceuticals, 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/169320

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].