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/213931
  • 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/213931
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ALEYA SALAM

Listed Specialty: Pain Medicine
8100 WESCOTT DRIVE, FLEMINGTON, NJ, 08822-4671

Payments: At a Glance

114

payments

$3,384

payment total

28

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
104 $2,509
Travel and Lodging
3 $864
Education
7 $11

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
PAIN MANAGEMENT

device

$1,270
PRECISION PLUS SCS SYSTEM

device

$398
SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION

device

$177
OXYCONTIN

drug

$166
TROKENDI XR

drug

$154
NEURO-CHRONIC PAIN

device

$151
ACCULIF

device

$145
MYSTIM

device

$138
BUTRANS

drug

$106
AMRIX

drug

$93
HYSINGLA ER

drug

$89
LYRICA

drug

$80
MOVANTIK

drug

$66
IFUSE IMPLANT

device

$59
EUFLEXXA

drug

$40
INTERMEZZO

drug

$40
EARLY INTERVENTION

device

$33
NUEDEXTA

drug

$28
FORTEO

drug

$28
HORIZANT

drug

$26
SENZA SPINAL CORD STIMULATION SYSTEM

device

$26
† 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/213931

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Oct 23, 2015 $425

PAIN MANAGEMENT Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Jun 4, 2016 $398

PRECISION PLUS SCS SYSTEM Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Oct 23, 2015 $254

PAIN MANAGEMENT Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Oct 24, 2015 $204

PAIN MANAGEMENT Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Oct 23, 2015 $185

PAIN MANAGEMENT Travel and Lodging Boston Scientific Corporation
Sep 15, 2016 $145

ACCULIF Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Sep 19, 2013 $104

Neuro-Chronic Pain Food and Beverage St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Mar 27, 2015 $83

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Oct 23, 2015 $66

PAIN MANAGEMENT Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Aug 16, 2016 $65

MYSTIM Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Oct 14, 2014 $54

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Aug 16, 2016 $43

MYSTIM Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Feb 26, 2014 $40

PAIN MANAGEMENT Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Apr 16, 2014 $36

PAIN MANAGEMENT Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Nov 13, 2013 $35

PAIN MANAGEMENT Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Oct 26, 2015 $33

Early Intervention Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Jun 23, 2015 $28

iFuse Implant Food and Beverage SI-BONE, Inc.
Oct 14, 2014 $26

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Nov 11, 2016 $24

Fycompa Food and Beverage Eisai Inc.
Nov 1, 2016 $22

CONZIP LORZONE Food and Beverage Vertical Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Oct 13, 2016 $21

MONOVISC Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Synthes Sales 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/213931

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].