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/225005
  • 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/225005
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]publica.org.

ERIC GRIGSBY

Listed Specialty: Pain Medicine
3434 VILLA LN, SUITE 150, NAPA, CA, 94558-6405

Payments: At a Glance

144

payments

$937,786

payment total

17

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
19 $814K
Consulting
24 $95,674
Charitable Contribution
1 $14,286
Travel and Lodging
12 $9,184
Food and Beverage
84 $4,899
Entertainment
4 $208

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
NEURO-CHRONIC PAIN

device

$360K
SPINAL MODULATION AXIUMNEUROSTIMULATOR SYSTEM

device

$76,240
STIMROUTER FOR PAIN

device

$27,121
INTERVENTIONAL THERAPIES

device

$11,282
SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION

device

$11,182
DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS

device

$4,014
PRIALT

drug

$3,876
VASCULAR

device

$242
RESTORE

device

$216
PAIN MANAGEMENT

device

$209
ADAPTIVESTIM

device

$143
SENZA SPINAL CORD STIMULATION SYSTEM

device

$139
APLIGRAF

drug

$135
GRALISE

drug

$119
TARGETSTIM

device

$95
AXIUM INS IMPLANTABLE NEURO STIMULATOR

device

$77
NONE

device

$46
SYNCHROMED

device

$27
LAMITRODE

device

$13
OCTRODE

device

$13
QUATTRODE LEADS

device

$13
† 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/225005

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Apr 11, 2016 $294,318

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 2, 2015 $91,066

Neuro-Chronic Pain Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: PAYMENT ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL MODULATION, INC. ACQ- PROCEEDS AT CLOSING

St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Aug 5, 2016 $90,458

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 2, 2015 $71,548

Neuro-Chronic Pain Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: PAYMENT ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL MODULATION, INC. ACQ- PROCEEDS AT CLOSING

St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 2, 2015 $64,604

Neuro-Chronic Pain Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: PAYMENT ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL MODULATION, INC. ACQ- PROCEEDS AT CLOSING

St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 2, 2015 $56,160

Neuro-Chronic Pain Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: PAYMENT ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL MODULATION, INC. ACQ- PROCEEDS AT CLOSING

St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 2, 2015 $53,345

Neuro-Chronic Pain Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: PAYMENT ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL MODULATION, INC. ACQ- PROCEEDS AT CLOSING

St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 12, 2016 $50,000

No Listed Product Consulting Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research Neurovations
Feb 13, 2014 $30,000

Spinal Modulation AXIUMNeurostimulator System Promotional Speaking/Other Spinal Modulation Inc. Biomedical Services Inc dba Neurovations
May 2, 2015 $14,448

Neuro-Chronic Pain Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: PAYMENT ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL MODULATION, INC. ACQ- PROCEEDS AT CLOSING

St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Oct 13, 2014 $14,286

Spinal Modulation AXIUMNeurostimulator System Charitable Contribution Spinal Modulation Inc. Biomedical Services Inc dba Neurovations
May 15, 2014 $11,361

Spinal Modulation AXIUMNeurostimulator System Promotional Speaking/Other Spinal Modulation Inc. Biomedical Services Inc dba Neurovations
May 2, 2015 $8,891

Neuro-Chronic Pain Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: PAYMENT ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL MODULATION, INC. ACQ- PROCEEDS AT CLOSING

St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Oct 30, 2016 $8,333

StimRouter for pain Consulting BIONESS INC
Dec 30, 2016 $8,333

StimRouter for pain Consulting BIONESS INC
Nov 30, 2016 $8,333

StimRouter for pain Consulting BIONESS INC
Sep 13, 2013 $7,750

Spinal Modulation AXIUMNeurostimulator System Promotional Speaking/Other Spinal Modulation Inc. Neurovations Education
Apr 10, 2014 $4,860

Interventional Therapies Consulting Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc. Napa Biomedical Services Neurovations
Aug 13, 2013 $4,500

Spinal Modulation AXIUMNeurostimulator System Promotional Speaking/Other Spinal Modulation Inc. Neurovations Education
Apr 21, 2016 $4,495

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research
Jan 31, 2014 $4,230

Interventional Therapies Consulting Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc. Napa Biomedical Services Neurovations

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/225005

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].