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/175030
  • 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/175030
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

LAWRENCE GARCIA

Listed Specialty: Interventional Cardiology
736 CAMBRIDGE ST, BRIGHTON, MA, 02135-2907

Payments: At a Glance

80

payments

$83,348

payment total

15

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
11 $45,931
Travel and Lodging
28 $33,629
Food and Beverage
40 $3,715
Gift
1 $74

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
VASCULAR

device

$41,426
HI-TORQUE CORONARY GUIDE WIRE

device

$10,608
ASAHI FIELDER CORONARY GUIDE WIRE

device

$10,608
NC TREK CORONARY CATHETERS

device

$10,608
XIENCE V CORONARY STENT SYSTEM

device

$10,608
FRACTIONAL FLOW RESERVE

device

$9,113
PERIPHERAL VASCULAR STENTS

device

$7,490
CARDIOVASCULAR-RESEARCH ONLY

device

$2,088
IN.PACT ADMIRAL

device

$1,781
CLINICAL TRIAL PRODUCT

device

$1,744
OTHER

device

$1,515
VASCULAR INTERVENTION

device

$814
VASCULAR ACCESS

device

$659
GENERAL - VASCULAR ACCESS

device

$290
STELLAREX

device

$250
PLAQUE EXCISION

device

$230
TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVES

device

$225
ANTI-RESTENOTIC THERAPIES DCB

device

$175
ADVANCED WOUND CARE

device

$169
NEUROVASCULAR ACCESS DELIVERY

device

$169
EMBOLIC PROTECTION SYSTEM

device

$169
† 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/175030

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Apr 1, 2014 $21,250

Vascular Consulting

Details: IDEV IDEV 10201280 20140422 0002 DTL 140911154601910171

Abbott Laboratories
Apr 6, 2016 $9,477

Xience V coronary stent system NC TREK coronary catheters Hi-Torque coronary guide wire Asahi Fielder coronary guide wire Travel and Lodging

Details: AV AV 10201280 20160517 0060 AV 10201280 20160517 0060 0001

Abbott Laboratories
Nov 30, 2014 $9,035

Fractional Flow Reserve Travel and Lodging Volcano Corporation
Sep 18, 2013 $8,700

Vascular Consulting

Details: 10343100

Abbott Laboratories
Sep 18, 2013 $8,700

Vascular Consulting

Details: 9666364

Abbott Laboratories
Apr 9, 2014 $7,321

Peripheral Vascular Stents Travel and Lodging Covidien LP
Dec 22, 2016 $1,392

Cardiovascular-Research only Consulting St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Sep 1, 2016 $1,392

No Listed Product Consulting St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Sep 1, 2016 $928

No Listed Product Consulting St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Oct 13, 2015 $870

Vascular Consulting Covidien Sales LLC
Sep 16, 2015 $850

OTHER Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Sep 9, 2015 $843

Vascular Consulting Covidien Sales LLC
Jun 22, 2016 $790

CLINICAL TRIAL PRODUCT Travel and Lodging BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
Jun 25, 2015 $766

Vascular Travel and Lodging Covidien Sales LLC
Feb 19, 2016 $700

Xience V coronary stent system NC TREK coronary catheters Hi-Torque coronary guide wire Asahi Fielder coronary guide wire Travel and Lodging

Details: AV AV 10669432 20160329 0002 AV 10669432 20160329 0002 0001

Abbott Laboratories
Dec 22, 2016 $696

Cardiovascular-Research only Consulting St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Sep 22, 2016 $696

No Listed Product Consulting St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Jun 16, 2016 $649

IN.PACT Admiral Travel and Lodging Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
May 10, 2016 $603

IN.PACT Admiral Travel and Lodging Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Jun 23, 2016 $569

CLINICAL TRIAL PRODUCT Travel and Lodging BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
Jul 8, 2015 $556

VASCULAR INTERVENTION Travel and Lodging 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/175030

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].