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/297439
  • 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/297439
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

R WRIGHT

Listed Specialty: Cardiovascular Disease
200 1ST ST SW, ROCHESTER, MN, 55905-0001

Payments: At a Glance

82

payments

$141,941

payment total

9

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
16 $64,175
Travel and Lodging
33 $49,357
Honoraria
4 $18,850
Grant
2 $6,075
Food and Beverage
25 $3,254
Promotional Speaking/Other
2 $230

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
PRALUENT

drug

$25,172
EPANOVA

drug

$15,654
KENGREAL

drug

$5,800
NON-COVERED PRODUCT

drug

$2,964
DISEASE STATE

drug

$2,500
AGGRASTAT

drug

$928
OTHER

drug

$602
PRALUENT (ALIROCUMAB) INJECTION

drug

$230
ELIQUIS

drug

$114
NON-COVERED PRODUCT

device

$108
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

drug

$99
VYTORIN

drug

$24
ZETIA

drug

$24
† 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
Feb 13, 2016 $14,358

PRALUENT Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
May 19, 2014 $10,060

No Listed Product Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Sep 9, 2016 $9,561

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
Dec 8, 2014 $9,290

No Listed Product Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Feb 12, 2016 $8,975

PRALUENT Travel and Lodging SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Oct 18, 2016 $8,231

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
Nov 16, 2016 $6,550

No Listed Product Honoraria Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
Nov 15, 2014 $5,827

No Listed Product Consulting The Medicines Company
Jul 30, 2014 $5,596

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging The Medicines Company
Sep 27, 2016 $5,500

No Listed Product Honoraria Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
May 19, 2014 $4,072

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Nov 13, 2014 $3,575

No Listed Product Grant SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Oct 19, 2015 $3,400

No Listed Product Honoraria Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
May 14, 2015 $3,400

No Listed Product Honoraria Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
Sep 30, 2015 $2,750

KENGREAL Consulting The Medicines Company
Jan 5, 2016 $2,500

EPANOVA Consulting

Details: Research Related Service

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Jul 24, 2015 $2,500

EPANOVA Consulting

Details: Research Related Service

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Mar 3, 2015 $2,500

EPANOVA Consulting

Details: Research Related Service

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Oct 5, 2016 $2,500

No Listed Product Consulting

Details: Research Related Service

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Apr 21, 2015 $2,500

EPANOVA Consulting

Details: Research Related Service

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP MAYO CLINIC
Oct 14, 2015 $2,500

EPANOVA Consulting

Details: Research Related Service

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

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/297439

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].