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/23443
  • 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/23443
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

BRIAN LESAGE

Listed Specialty: Dentist
436 N ROXBURY DR, SUITE 100, BEVERLY HILLS, CA, 90210

Payments: At a Glance

35

payments

$126,598

payment total

11

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Honoraria
14 $74,200
Accredited Training
1 $22,500
Promotional Speaking/Other
5 $14,220
Travel and Lodging
2 $10,577
Consulting
2 $1,955
Gift
3 $1,448
Entertainment
1 $1,000
Food and Beverage
7 $699

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
GENERAL DENTISTRY

device

$31,838
LBH

device

$24,051
KLE

device

$24,051
EBF

device

$24,051
ELM

device

$24,051
ELW

device

$24,051
PREMIUM TEETH

device

$11,000
FLEXITIME HEAVY TRAY

device

$11,000
GLUMA COMFORT BOND AND DESENSITIZER

device

$11,000
IBOND SELF ETCH

device

$11,000
NEUN

device

$11,000
DENTAL TECHNOLOGY

device

$8,000
DENTAL ADHESIVES, CEMENTS, COMPOSITES, OR ASSOC SUPPLIES

device

$5,873
RESTORATIVE MATERIALS

device

$1,797
ROTARY POLISHERS

device

$1,193
ROTARY CARBIDES

device

$1,193
ROTARY DIAMONDS

device

$1,193
PERFECTEMP 10

device

$210
ARESTIN

drug

$28
PHILIPS ORAL HEALTHCARE

device

$14
† 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.

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Jul 8, 2014 $22,500

General Dentistry Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Mar 1, 2015 $13,500

No Listed Product Honoraria BISCO, INC.
May 31, 2016 $11,000

iBond Self Etch Premium Teeth Flexitime Heavy Tray Neun Gluma Comfort Bond and Desensitizer Honoraria Heraeus Kulzer, LLC
Aug 23, 2016 $10,500

No Listed Product Honoraria Bisco, Inc.
Jul 8, 2014 $9,338

General Dentistry Travel and Lodging Kerr Corporation
May 6, 2015 $7,000

Dental Technology Promotional Speaking/Other Sirona Dental Systems Inc.
Apr 10, 2014 $6,000

EBF ELM ELW KLE LBH Honoraria Heraeus Kulzer, LLC
Sep 24, 2015 $5,500

EBF ELM ELW KLE LBH Honoraria Heraeus Kulzer, LLC
Dec 31, 2014 $4,500

No Listed Product Honoraria Bisco, Inc.
Jun 5, 2014 $4,500

EBF ELM ELW KLE LBH Honoraria Heraeus Kulzer, LLC
Jun 5, 2014 $4,500

EBF ELM ELW KLE LBH Honoraria Heraeus Kulzer, LLC
Dec 31, 2014 $4,380

DENTAL ADHESIVES, CEMENTS, COMPOSITES, OR ASSOC SUPPLIES Promotional Speaking/Other Bisco, Inc.
Aug 26, 2014 $3,700

No Listed Product Honoraria Tokuyama Dental America Inc.
Jul 14, 2015 $3,500

EBF ELM ELW KLE LBH Honoraria Heraeus Kulzer, LLC
Apr 12, 2016 $3,000

No Listed Product Honoraria Sirona Dental Systems Inc.
Oct 27, 2013 $2,500

No Listed Product Honoraria TOKUYAMA DENTAL AMERICA INC.
Jun 25, 2015 $1,797

Restorative Materials Consulting Cosmedent, Inc.
Feb 19, 2015 $1,493

DENTAL ADHESIVES, CEMENTS, COMPOSITES, OR ASSOC SUPPLIES Promotional Speaking/Other BISCO, INC.
Dec 31, 2014 $1,240

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Bisco, Inc.
Aug 5, 2016 $1,193

Rotary Polishers Rotary Diamonds Rotary Carbides Gift Peter Brasseler Holdings, LLC
Dec 31, 2014 $1,000

No Listed Product Entertainment Bisco, 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/23443

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].