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/230322
  • 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/230322
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MARK LINZER

Listed Specialty: Podiatrist
200 ABRAHAM FLEXNER WAY, LOUISVILLE, KY, 40202-2877

Payments: At a Glance

66

payments

$3,799

payment total

18

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
65 $3,699
Education
1 $100

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
TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES

device

$1,372
RECON-SKIN AND WOUND

device

$442
ANCHORAGE

device

$265
FIXOS

device

$237
VARIAX

device

$169
BIOMET ORTHOPAK

device

$165
ZYVOX

drug

$119
WOUND MATRIX

device

$118
EBI BONE HEALING SYSTEM

device

$117
RECON-LOWER EXTREMITY METAL

device

$117
LUZU

drug

$115
FOOTANDANKLE

device

$113
DISTAL EXTREMITY ARTHROSCOPY

device

$100
MAXTORQUE CANNULATED SCR

device

$85
ICONIX

device

$75
REGENKIT THT

device

$75
MINI MAXLOCK EXTREME

device

$74
KNEE CREATIONS BRAND

device

$64
JOINT PRESERVATION

device

$62
SALTO TALARIS TOTAL ANKLE

device

$58
MAXLOCK EXTREME

device

$58
† 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/230322

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Jul 22, 2015 $150

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Feb 27, 2014 $147

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Jul 9, 2015 $145

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Oct 1, 2015 $131

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Feb 7, 2014 $124

Recon-Skin and Wound Food and Beverage Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Mar 25, 2016 $123

Anchorage Fixos Variax Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Sep 2, 2015 $122

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Mar 13, 2014 $121

Recon-Skin and Wound Food and Beverage Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Apr 2, 2015 $121

Recon-Skin and Wound Food and Beverage Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Nov 19, 2013 $119

ZYVOX Food and Beverage Pfizer Inc.
Aug 6, 2014 $118

Wound Matrix Food and Beverage Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Oct 21, 2013 $117

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Jun 30, 2014 $117

Recon-Lower Extremity Metal Food and Beverage Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Feb 9, 2016 $114

Anchorage Fixos Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Dec 16, 2014 $113

FootandAnkle Food and Beverage WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Feb 28, 2014 $105

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Sep 16, 2015 $100

LUZU Food and Beverage Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC
Oct 9, 2013 $100

DISTAL EXTREMITY ARTHROSCOPY Education Alpha Orthopedic Systems
Apr 24, 2015 $87

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
May 24, 2016 $70

MAXTORQUE CANNULATED SCR Food and Beverage Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Nov 9, 2013 $64

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker 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/230322

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].