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/303489
  • 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/303489
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

BRUCE HERPY

Listed Specialty: Dentist
801 E STATE ST, BARBERTON, OH, 44203-3738

Payments: At a Glance

32

payments

$2,617

payment total

7

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Gift
12 $1,599
Food and Beverage
19 $843
Education
1 $175

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
SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

device

$343
OSTEOSYNTHESIS

device

$140
DENTAL IMPLANT

device

$30
ROOT CANAL THERAPY

device

$25
CONSUMABLE DENTISTRY

device

$15
KLE

device

$6
LBH

device

$6
ELW

device

$6
ELM

device

$6
EBF

device

$6
† 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
Mar 27, 2014 $800

No Listed Product Gift

Details: Customer loyalty program

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Dec 6, 2013 $223

Surgical Instruments Food and Beverage KLS Martin L.P.
Dec 14, 2016 $175

No Listed Product Education Septodont Inc.
Dec 2, 2015 $140

Osteosynthesis Food and Beverage KLS Martin L.P.
Dec 5, 2014 $120

Surgical Instruments Food and Beverage KLS Martin L.P.
Nov 16, 2015 $100

No Listed Product Gift

Details: Customer loyalty program

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Nov 16, 2015 $100

No Listed Product Gift

Details: Customer loyalty program

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Nov 16, 2015 $100

No Listed Product Gift

Details: Customer loyalty program

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Nov 16, 2015 $100

No Listed Product Gift

Details: Customer loyalty program

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Nov 16, 2015 $100

No Listed Product Gift

Details: Customer loyalty program

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Nov 16, 2015 $100

No Listed Product Gift

Details: Customer loyalty program

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Nov 16, 2015 $100

No Listed Product Gift

Details: Customer loyalty program

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Aug 28, 2014 $50

No Listed Product Gift Benco Dental Supply Co.
Mar 15, 2016 $50

No Listed Product Food and Beverage Benco Dental Supply Co.
Nov 10, 2015 $40

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: Dental products discussion & education during meal

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Jun 10, 2015 $30

Dental Implant Food and Beverage Implant Direct Sybron International LLC
Apr 5, 2016 $29

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: Dental products discussion & education during meal

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Oct 25, 2016 $29

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: Dental products discussion & education during meal

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Nov 28, 2015 $27

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: Light breakfast or snack food

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Feb 7, 2014 $27

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: Dental products discussion & education during meal

Benco Dental Supply Co.
Feb 11, 2014 $25

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: Dental products discussion & education during meal

Benco Dental Supply Co.

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/303489

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].