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/202064
  • 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/202064
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ANTONIO GOTTO

Listed Specialty: Cardiovascular Disease
520 E 70TH ST, ST-4, NEW YORK, NY, 10021-9800

Payments: At a Glance

152

payments

$740,603

payment total

10

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
15 $412K
Grant
1 $178K
Nonaccredited Training
4 $75,000
Consulting
13 $42,740
Travel and Lodging
68 $29,535
Food and Beverage
47 $3,772
Gift
1 $191
Education
3 $86

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
LIVALO

drug

$20,382
VYTORIN

drug

$11,834
OTHER

drug

$8,568
ZETIA

drug

$7,549
ZONTIVITY

drug

$1,490
REPATHA

drug

$1,213
MK-0859

drug

$325
K-312

drug

$191
ABILIFY MAINTENA

drug

$100
XARELTO

drug

$31
† 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
Jun 26, 2015 $177,532

No Listed Product Grant Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jun 26, 2014 $163,141

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dec 22, 2016 $60,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jan 13, 2016 $20,147

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Apr 6, 2016 $19,167

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jul 2, 2015 $18,750

No Listed Product Nonaccredited Training Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Oct 22, 2013 $18,750

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Apr 9, 2014 $18,750

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Nov 13, 2014 $18,750

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jun 25, 2014 $18,750

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jan 7, 2014 $18,750

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aug 1, 2013 $18,750

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Sep 30, 2015 $18,750

No Listed Product Nonaccredited Training Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Feb 4, 2015 $18,750

No Listed Product Nonaccredited Training Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jun 15, 2015 $18,750

No Listed Product Nonaccredited Training Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jul 19, 2016 $15,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Oct 14, 2016 $15,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aug 20, 2013 $10,000

LIVALO Consulting KOWA COMPANY, LTD.
Dec 20, 2013 $10,000

LIVALO Consulting KOWA COMPANY, LTD.
Sep 20, 2015 $5,275

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Pfizer Inc. INTERNATIONAL ATHROSCLEROSIS SOCIETY
Apr 30, 2015 $4,225

VYTORIN Consulting

Details: Provided as part of a research engagement.

Merck Sharp & Dohme 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/202064

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].