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/259122
  • 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/259122
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ALKA BENNION

Listed Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
4444 N 32ND ST, SUITE 220, PHOENIX, AZ, 85018-3956

Payments: At a Glance

121

payments

$3,625

payment total

24

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
114 $2,927
Travel and Lodging
7 $698

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
DA VINCI SURGICAL SYSTEM

device

$869
GYNECOLOGY

device

$417
DUAVEE

drug

$349
LINZESS

drug

$304
LUPRON

drug

$174
NEXPLANON

drug

$170
XARTEMIS XR

drug

$149
NUVARING

drug

$147
FETZIMA

drug

$141
GENESYS HTA SYSTEM

device

$131
DICLEGIS

drug

$108
SYMPHION

device

$106
RS HARMONY TEST RELATED PRODUCTS

device

$105
TRUCLEAR

device

$80
SKYLA

drug

$79
MIRENA

drug

$79
OSPHENA

drug

$75
LO LOESTRIN FE

drug

$56
ESTRACE CREAM

drug

$55
BRISDELLE

drug

$47
VIIBRYD

drug

$46
† 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/259122

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Sep 9, 2014 $274

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Dec 30, 2014 $184

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Dec 30, 2014 $159

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Oct 1, 2015 $148

GYNECOLOGY Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Jan 28, 2015 $135

GYNECOLOGY Food and Beverage Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Mar 3, 2016 $125

Lupron Food and Beverage AbbVie, Inc.
Jul 30, 2014 $125

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Aug 9, 2016 $114

GENESYS HTA SYSTEM Food and Beverage BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
Jun 4, 2014 $108

Diclegis Food and Beverage Duchesnay USA Incorporated
Feb 25, 2014 $107

GYNECOLOGY Food and Beverage Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Aug 18, 2016 $105

RS Harmony Test Related Products Food and Beverage Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Aug 7, 2014 $104

Xartemis XR Food and Beverage Mallinckrodt LLC
Apr 18, 2015 $104

DUAVEE Food and Beverage Pfizer Inc.
May 9, 2014 $102

DUAVEE Food and Beverage Pfizer Inc.
Oct 5, 2016 $100

SYMPHION Food and Beverage BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
May 20, 2014 $93

LINZESS Food and Beverage FOREST PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Aug 25, 2015 $93

NUVARING NEXPLANON Food and Beverage Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation
Apr 29, 2015 $83

FETZIMA Food and Beverage Actavis Pharma Inc
Oct 27, 2016 $48

LINZESS Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Dec 29, 2016 $46

TruClear Food and Beverage Covidien LP
Jun 10, 2016 $33

TRUCLEAR Food and Beverage Smith & Nephew, 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/259122

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].