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/287952
  • 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/287952
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ROBERT SMITH

Listed Specialty: Hematology & Oncology
166 STONERIDGE DRIVE, COLUMBIA, SC, 29210

Payments: At a Glance

334

payments

$80,687

payment total

33

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
17 $69,169
Food and Beverage
291 $5,310
Travel and Lodging
21 $5,199
Honoraria
2 $600
Promotional Speaking/Other
1 $300
Education
2 $109

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
ARANESP

drug

$11,325
NEULASTA

drug

$7,315
ERBITUX

drug

$4,603
CYRAMZA

drug

$4,597
ALIMTA

drug

$4,597
PORTRAZZA

drug

$4,587
SGN35

drug

$639
VELCADE

drug

$565
AFINITOR

drug

$397
NONE

drug

$300
OTHER

drug

$203
TARCEVA

drug

$161
XOFIGO

drug

$151
KYPROLIS

drug

$136
AVASTIN

drug

$136
EXJADE

drug

$133
XTANDI

drug

$133
VECTIBIX

drug

$129
SPRYCEL

drug

$122
NEXAVAR

drug

$105
STIVARGA

drug

$90
† 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/287952

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Dec 26, 2013 $11,250

Aranesp Consulting Amgen Inc.
Aug 23, 2013 $10,900

No Listed Product Consulting Cardinal Health 108, LLC
Sep 20, 2013 $10,023

No Listed Product Consulting Cardinal Health 108, LLC
Mar 4, 2016 $5,700

No Listed Product Consulting Eli Lilly and Company
May 13, 2016 $4,400

ALIMTA ERBITUX CYRAMZA PORTRAZZA Consulting Lilly USA, LLC
Dec 11, 2013 $4,070

No Listed Product Consulting Cardinal Health 108, LLC
Oct 21, 2016 $4,000

No Listed Product Consulting Lilly USA, LLC
Dec 3, 2014 $3,600

No Listed Product Consulting ELI LILLY AND COMPANY
Oct 11, 2013 $3,021

No Listed Product Consulting Cardinal Health 108, LLC
Oct 31, 2014 $2,400

Neulasta Consulting Amgen Inc.
Nov 3, 2015 $2,400

Neulasta Consulting Amgen Inc.
Nov 3, 2015 $2,400

Neulasta Consulting Amgen Inc.
Oct 25, 2014 $1,800

No Listed Product Consulting Genentech USA, Inc.
Dec 3, 2014 $1,409

No Listed Product Consulting ELI LILLY AND COMPANY
Nov 18, 2013 $1,244

No Listed Product Consulting Cardinal Health 108, LLC
Oct 28, 2016 $733

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Lilly USA, LLC
Feb 27, 2016 $597

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: LODGING EXPENSES RELATED TO A MEETING WHICH MAY HAVE LASTED MULTIPLE DAYS

Eli Lilly and Company
Oct 25, 2014 $589

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Genentech USA, Inc.
Feb 27, 2016 $495

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: FOOD & BEVERAGE EXPENSES FOR A MEETING WHICH MAY HAVE INCLUDED MULTIPLE DAYS AND MAY HAVE HAD MULTIPLE MEALS PER DAY

Eli Lilly and Company
Feb 25, 2016 $465

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Eli Lilly and Company
Apr 30, 2016 $445

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: GROUND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES FOR A MEETING WHICH MAY HAVE LASTED MULTIPLE DAYS

Lilly USA, LLC

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/287952

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].