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/218956
  • 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/218956
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

SERGIO SCHWARTZMAN

Listed Specialty: Rheumatology
535 E 70TH ST, NEW YORK, NY, 10021-4872

Payments: At a Glance

1,772

payments

$1,547,384

payment total

22

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
320 $831K
Consulting
80 $335K
Travel and Lodging
878 $304K
Honoraria
3 $48,014
Food and Beverage
472 $28,961
Education
19 $307

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
XELJANZ

drug

$456K
HUMIRA

drug

$289K
SIMPONI

drug

$187K
STELARA

drug

$132K
COSENTYX

drug

$104K
ACTEMRA

drug

$77,805
CIMZIA

drug

$56,779
VIEKIRA

drug

$36,483
ANDROGEL

drug

$36,483
LUPRON

drug

$36,483
SYNTHROID

drug

$36,483
REMICADE

drug

$30,218
RITUXAN

drug

$21,186
SIMPONI ARIA

drug

$12,487
ENBREL

drug

$10,705
RASUVO

drug

$4,950
GUSELKUMAB

drug

$3,106
TALTZ

drug

$1,860
SARILUMAB

drug

$282
OTEZLA

drug

$165
XOLAIR

drug

$84
† 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/218956

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Dec 11, 2014 $39,000

No Listed Product Honoraria Pfizer Inc. UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
Aug 18, 2014 $30,000

Stelara Consulting Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
Dec 22, 2014 $18,035

XELJANZ Consulting Pfizer AG SERGIO SCHWARTZMAN MD
Feb 16, 2016 $11,000

Humira Consulting AbbVie, Inc.
Jun 20, 2016 $10,270

XELJANZ Consulting Pfizer Inc. SERGIO SCHWARTZMAN MD
Dec 11, 2014 $9,335

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Pfizer Inc. UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
Aug 12, 2016 $8,500

COSENTYX Consulting Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Jan 5, 2016 $8,500

Humira Consulting AbbVie, Inc.
Jul 28, 2014 $8,000

XELJANZ Consulting Pfizer International LLC SERGIO SCHWARTZMAN MD
Aug 26, 2016 $7,915

Humira Consulting AbbVie, Inc.
Sep 25, 2015 $7,250

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Speaker program

Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Dec 2, 2016 $7,000

SIMPONI ARIA REMICADE Consulting Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
May 21, 2014 $6,800

Humira Consulting AbbVie, Inc.
May 7, 2016 $6,525

COSENTYX Promotional Speaking/Other Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Dec 9, 2013 $6,514

ENBREL Honoraria Pfizer Limited SERGIO SCHWARTZMAN DIRECTOR OF INFLAMMATORY ARTHRI
Sep 1, 2016 $6,250

COSENTYX Consulting Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Aug 7, 2013 $5,750

Simponi Consulting Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Nov 4, 2013 $5,600

XELJANZ Consulting Pfizer Inc. SERGIO SCHWARTZMAN MD
Jan 29, 2014 $5,600

XELJANZ Consulting Pfizer International LLC SERGIO SCHWARTZMAN MD
Feb 6, 2016 $5,480

COSENTYX Consulting Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Apr 10, 2014 $5,400

XELJANZ Consulting Pfizer Inc. SERGIO SCHWARTZMAN MD

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/218956

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].