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 2014. 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: propub.li/participate-d4d

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/194859
  • Some doctors are happy to discuss this information with you. Others might not be. The best approach is to ask questions and to not 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/194859
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

GREGORY POLAND

Listed Specialty: Internal Medicine
200 1ST ST SW, ROCHESTER, MN, 55905-0001

Payments: At a Glance

26

payments

$39,640

payment total

Rank: 5 out of 582 doctors in this specialty and state

7

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
8 $22,425
Promotional Speaking/Other
4 $11,000
Travel and Lodging
10 $5,414
Honoraria
1 $440
Food and Beverage
3 $361

Drugs & Devices

Totals listed below account for all payments from August 2013 to December 2015 that mention this product. If a payment record mentions more than one product, the entire value will be included in each of those products.

Product Name Product Type Payments
V212

drug

$9,750
BOOSTRIX

drug

$9,380
FLUZONE

drug

$2,000
V114

drug

$500
† 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.

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Jul 15, 2015 $8,175

BOOSTRIX Consulting GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Nov 6, 2013 $6,600

V212 Consulting Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation MAYO FOUNDATION MED EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Nov 21, 2014 $5,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Dec 19, 2013 $4,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Jan 21, 2015 $2,000

No Listed Product Consulting CSL Behring
Nov 21, 2014 $1,929

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Nov 6, 2013 $1,650

V212 Consulting Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation MAYO FOUNDATION MED EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Sep 12, 2013 $1,500

V212 Consulting Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Jul 28, 2015 $1,205

BOOSTRIX Travel and Lodging GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Nov 25, 2013 $1,000

FLUZONE Consulting Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Mar 20, 2014 $1,000

FLUZONE Consulting Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Dec 19, 2013 $1,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Aug 6, 2014 $1,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics S.r.l.
Nov 18, 2013 $645

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Nov 20, 2014 $645

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Nov 19, 2013 $500

V114 Consulting Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Dec 30, 2015 $440

No Listed Product Honoraria

Details: This transfer of value was provided to a covered recipient through a third-party vendor on behalf of BD

Becton, Dickinson and Company
Nov 17, 2013 $340

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Dec 2, 2015 $219

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: This transfer of value was provided to a covered recipient through a third-party vendor on behalf of BD

Becton, Dickinson and Company
Nov 18, 2013 $131

No Listed Product Food and Beverage Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc
Nov 20, 2014 $120

No Listed Product Food and Beverage Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics 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/194859

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].