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/187571
  • 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/187571
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

J SUN

Listed Specialty: Gastroenterology
915 GESSNER RD, SUITE 650, HOUSTON, TX, 77024-2527

Payments: At a Glance

103

payments

$5,228

payment total

19

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
97 $2,668
Promotional Speaking/Other
1 $2,000
Consulting
1 $400
Education
4 $161

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
MIROCAM

device

$2,043
EG SCAN

device

$2,000
VIBERZI

drug

$207
VIEKIRA

drug

$204
BARACLUDE

drug

$193
UCERIS

drug

$157
DEXILANT

drug

$156
GI SOLUTIONS

device

$155
XIFAXAN

drug

$137
LINZESS

drug

$136
CONTRAVE

drug

$135
HARVONI

drug

$117
EPCLUSA

drug

$116
ENTYVIO

drug

$116
DAKLINZA

drug

$106
LOTRONEX

drug

$104
BRINTELLIX

drug

$84
OLYSIO

drug

$81
ENDOSCOPY - BILIARY

device

$51
HUMIRA

drug

$49
ENDOCUFF

device

$43
† 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/187571

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Oct 1, 2013 $2,000

MiroCam EG Scan Promotional Speaking/Other Medivators Inc.
Mar 27, 2014 $400

No Listed Product Consulting Medivators Inc.
Jul 9, 2014 $118

UCERIS Food and Beverage Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd
Jun 24, 2015 $117

DEXILANT Food and Beverage Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
Feb 26, 2016 $117

VIBERZI Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Dec 2, 2015 $117

Harvoni Food and Beverage

Details: AHM;8044296 - 1801725 - 20632375;1801725;10810016;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Jul 27, 2016 $116

Epclusa Food and Beverage

Details: ;GS0001T98P;AHM;8048603 - 1898595 - 20632375;1898595;10810016;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Nov 24, 2014 $115

Contrave Food and Beverage Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
Dec 28, 2015 $108

GI Solutions Food and Beverage Given Imaging, Inc.
Mar 30, 2016 $107

No Listed Product Food and Beverage AbbVie, Inc.
Nov 5, 2013 $104

Lotronex Food and Beverage Prometheus Laboratories Inc.
Apr 15, 2014 $100

BARACLUDE Food and Beverage E.R. Squibb & Sons, L.L.C.
Sep 29, 2015 $100

DAKLINZA Food and Beverage E.R. Squibb & Sons, L.L.C.
Aug 21, 2014 $98

XIFAXAN Food and Beverage Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd
Jun 2, 2016 $96

Viekira Food and Beverage AbbVie, Inc.
Oct 2, 2013 $93

BARACLUDE Food and Beverage E.R. Squibb & Sons, L.L.C.
Feb 19, 2015 $89

Viekira Food and Beverage AbbVie, Inc.
Nov 6, 2014 $86

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: 735262-1835629-8031717 - 1641766 - 20632375-1641766-Gilead Sciences-VRL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Oct 1, 2013 $81

Olysio Education

Details: Medical Textbook

Janssen Products, LP
Mar 31, 2015 $69

Brintellix Education Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
Jun 13, 2014 $51

Endoscopy - BILIARY Food and Beverage

Details: Physicians are provided modest meals during the course of doing business with Cook Medical. The physician could be attending or presenting at an educational presentation or a product training session. We also invite physicians to dinners to give us feedback on our products or to advise us on trends in medical procedures and treatments. The total cost of a group's food and beverages at a meal are averaged across attendees.

Cook Incorporated

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/187571

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].