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/331637
  • 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/331637
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MICHAEL VALITUTTO

Listed Specialty: Internal Medicine
1717 SHAFFER ST, STE 229, KALAMAZOO, MI, 49048-1647

Payments: At a Glance

1,881

payments

$999,100

payment total

36

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
490 $749K
Travel and Lodging
395 $153K
Consulting
36 $53,672
Food and Beverage
929 $35,770
Honoraria
8 $6,548
Education
23 $933

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
VICTOZA

drug

$187K
BYDUREON

drug

$168K
FARXIGA

drug

$99,847
TRULICITY

drug

$88,226
TOUJEO

drug

$69,390
JARDIANCE

drug

$53,842
AFREZZA

drug

$35,368
TANZEUM

drug

$34,396
GLYXAMBI

drug

$32,619
TRESIBA

drug

$25,053
INVOKANA

drug

$23,101
SAXENDA

drug

$20,088
HUMULIN

drug

$19,162
PRALUENT

drug

$14,656
PRALUENT (ALIROCUMAB) INJECTION

drug

$12,928
SYMLIN

drug

$11,994
TRADJENTA

drug

$11,306
T-SLIM INSULIN PUMP

device

$7,817
NOVOLOG

drug

$6,698
OTHER

drug

$6,406
LEVEMIR

drug

$6,188
† 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/331637

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Apr 30, 2016 $5,200

OTHER Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Dec 18, 2015 $4,100

No Listed Product Consulting GlaxoSmithKline, LLC.
Dec 3, 2013 $3,450

Victoza Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Fair market value compensation to speak, educate, and provide healthcare providers and patients with balanced scientific and clinical information regarding disease state and Novo Nordisk products.

Novo Nordisk Inc MV VENTURERS, INC.
Jun 13, 2014 $3,450

Victoza Promotional Speaking/Other Novo Nordisk Inc MV VENTURERS, INC.
Aug 8, 2013 $3,450

Victoza Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Fair market value compensation to speak, educate, and provide healthcare providers and patients with balanced scientific and clinical information regarding disease state and Novo Nordisk products.

Novo Nordisk Inc MV VENTURERS, INC.
Jun 16, 2016 $3,450

Victoza Promotional Speaking/Other Novo Nordisk Inc MV VENTURERS, INC.
Feb 25, 2016 $3,413

TOUJEO Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Nov 10, 2015 $3,288

TOUJEO Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Sep 16, 2015 $3,284

AFREZZA Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Oct 20, 2015 $3,282

TOUJEO Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
May 5, 2016 $3,250

TOUJEO Consulting SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Feb 19, 2016 $3,250

TOUJEO Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Nov 20, 2015 $3,176

PRALUENT (alirocumab) Injection Promotional Speaking/Other Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. MV Ventures Inc
Jun 11, 2015 $2,960

TOUJEO Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Sep 26, 2013 $2,875

No Listed Product Consulting LILLY USA, LLC
May 14, 2014 $2,813

No Listed Product Consulting LILLY USA, LLC
Aug 27, 2015 $2,640

t-slim insulin pump Consulting Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Apr 2, 2015 $2,630

AFREZZA Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
May 11, 2015 $2,630

TOUJEO Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Mar 16, 2015 $2,630

AFREZZA Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC
Mar 5, 2015 $2,630

AFREZZA Promotional Speaking/Other SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. 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/331637

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].