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/241803
  • 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/241803
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

PETER JONES

Listed Specialty: Internal Medicine
6565 FANNIN ST, A601, HOUSTON, TX, 77030-2703

Payments: At a Glance

355

payments

$250,130

payment total

17

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
48 $119K
Promotional Speaking/Other
70 $69,031
Travel and Lodging
121 $31,918
Nonaccredited Training
4 $18,000
Food and Beverage
106 $5,525
Grant
2 $3,460
Honoraria
2 $2,403
Education
2 $495

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
ZETIA

drug

$68,178
VYTORIN

drug

$38,167
PRALUENT

drug

$31,657
PRALUENT (ALIROCUMAB) INJECTION

drug

$18,277
LIVALO

drug

$18,085
REPATHA

drug

$16,277
VASCEPA

drug

$4,887
OTHER

drug

$4,835
DISEASE STATE

drug

$4,125
CRESTOR

drug

$2,392
BELVIQ

drug

$652
CORLANOR

drug

$272
JUXTAPID

drug

$250
WELCHOL

drug

$143
ZONTIVITY

drug

$137
NON-COVERED PRODUCT

drug

$71
SAVAYSA

drug

$55
GATTEX

drug

$35
BENICAR

drug

$33
LIPTRUZET

drug

$21
TESTOPEL

drug

$10
† 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/241803

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Oct 20, 2016 $7,656

PRALUENT Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Jul 21, 2016 $7,656

PRALUENT Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Feb 27, 2015 $6,850

No Listed Product Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Jul 15, 2016 $6,480

PRALUENT (alirocumab) Injection Consulting Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
May 30, 2014 $6,300

No Listed Product Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Sep 2, 2015 $5,000

Livalo Nonaccredited Training Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
Sep 2, 2015 $5,000

Livalo Nonaccredited Training Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
Sep 2, 2015 $5,000

Livalo Nonaccredited Training Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
Nov 25, 2014 $5,000

No Listed Product Consulting Amgen Inc.
Oct 30, 2013 $4,075

No Listed Product Consulting Amgen Inc.
Jul 26, 2016 $4,002

PRALUENT Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Mar 24, 2015 $4,000

Repatha Consulting Amgen Inc.
Apr 16, 2015 $3,500

Repatha Consulting Amgen Inc.
Aug 12, 2015 $3,210

PRALUENT (alirocumab) Injection Consulting Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Mar 16, 2015 $3,080

No Listed Product Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Nov 17, 2015 $3,025

PRALUENT Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Sep 3, 2014 $3,000

No Listed Product Consulting Amgen Inc.
Feb 17, 2016 $3,000

PRALUENT (alirocumab) Injection Consulting Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Apr 24, 2015 $3,000

Livalo Nonaccredited Training Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
Oct 3, 2014 $3,000

No Listed Product Consulting Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aug 11, 2014 $3,000

other Consulting Merck Sharp & Dohme 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/241803

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].