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/207873
  • 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/207873
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ERIC LAWITZ

Listed Specialty: Gastroenterology
607 CAMDEN ST STE 108, SAN ANTONIO, TX, 78215

Payments: At a Glance

1,508

payments

$1,262,621

payment total

18

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
188 $636K
Consulting
102 $330K
Travel and Lodging
574 $216K
Honoraria
16 $50,116
Food and Beverage
607 $24,353
Accredited Training
13 $4,656
Education
8 $922

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
VIEKIRA

drug

$288K
HARVONI

drug

$173K
OLYSIO

drug

$141K
HUMIRA

drug

$116K
LUPRON

drug

$116K
ANDROGEL

drug

$116K
SYNTHROID

drug

$116K
SOVALDI

drug

$101K
ZEPATIER

drug

$66,465
EPCLUSA

drug

$50,675
PROMACTA

drug

$49,726
DAKLINZA

drug

$39,374
OTHER

drug

$12,858
TMC 435350

drug

$2,910
VIREAD

drug

$2,548
OCA

drug

$2,450
VICTRELIS

drug

$1,043
INCIVEK

drug

$1,035
BARACLUDE

drug

$118
ENDOSCOPY - BILIARY

device

$104
VIREAD-HBV

drug

$49
† 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/207873

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Aug 22, 2014 $18,500

No Listed Product Consulting AbbVie, Inc. Texas Liver Institute The
Sep 12, 2013 $11,087

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: 568149-1575815-715469-66058171-715469-66058171-Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences Inc
Jul 1, 2015 $9,600

Humira Viekira Synthroid Androgel Lupron Consulting AbbVie, Inc. ERIC LAWITZ MD
Jan 20, 2016 $9,480

No Listed Product Consulting

Details: ;GS0001TJDS;INTL;ehurry20160930162503-63;ehurry20160930162503-63-63;10027375;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Jan 20, 2016 $9,480

No Listed Product Consulting

Details: ;GS0001QCGM;INTL;ehurry20160306103725-34;ehurry20160306103725-34-34;10027375;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
May 25, 2015 $8,000

No Listed Product Honoraria

Details: INTL;ehurry20160222162405-69;ehurry20160222162405-69-69;10027375;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Feb 20, 2015 $7,618

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: INTL;ehurry20160222162405-112;ehurry20160222162405-112-112;10027375;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Jan 22, 2015 $7,200

Humira Viekira Synthroid Androgel Lupron Consulting AbbVie, Inc. ERIC LAWITZ MD
Jan 8, 2015 $7,200

Humira Viekira Synthroid Androgel Lupron Consulting AbbVie, Inc. ERIC LAWITZ MD
Dec 3, 2013 $7,200

No Listed Product Consulting AbbVie, Inc. Eric Lawitz MD PA
Dec 12, 2014 $7,200

No Listed Product Consulting AbbVie, Inc. Eric Lawitz MD
Sep 3, 2015 $7,200

Humira Viekira Synthroid Androgel Lupron Consulting AbbVie, Inc. ERIC LAWITZ MD
Aug 17, 2015 $6,930

OLYSIO Consulting Janssen Products, LP
Aug 17, 2015 $6,930

OLYSIO Consulting Janssen Products, LP
Aug 12, 2015 $6,930

OLYSIO Consulting Janssen Products, LP Eric Lawitz MD PA
Feb 5, 2015 $6,772

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: INTL;ehurry20150916163511-9;ehurry20150916163511-9-9;10027375;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Jan 14, 2014 $6,740

No Listed Product Consulting GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Jan 20, 2016 $6,618

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: ;GS0001TJAF;INTL;ehurry20160930162503-65;ehurry20160930162503-65-65;10027375;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Jan 20, 2016 $6,618

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: ;GS0001QCH7;INTL;ehurry20160306103725-35;ehurry20160306103725-35-35;10027375;VPL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Jan 9, 2014 $6,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: 576285-1590040-mzamel20140303124224-15-mzamel20140303124224-15-15-Gilead Sciences-VRL

Gilead Sciences Inc
Oct 19, 2013 $6,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: 532615-1522338-mzamel20131115105946-4-mzamel20131115105946-4-4-Gilead Sciences-

Gilead Sciences Inc Eric Lawitz, MD, PA

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/207873

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].