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.
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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/61360
  • 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/61360
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ABHITABH PATIL

Listed Specialty: Gastroenterology
3901 66TH ST N, SUITE 201, ST PETERSBURG, FL, 33709-4949

Payments: At a Glance

257

payments

$47,057

payment total

36

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Education
11 $18,469
Consulting
7 $8,931
Food and Beverage
221 $7,488
Nonaccredited Training
3 $5,000
Promotional Speaking/Other
4 $4,550
Travel and Lodging
11 $2,619

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
ENDOSCOPY - BILIARY

device

$14,085
COOK MEDICAL BILIARY

device

$7,810
BILIARY DEVICES

device

$6,104
BREATHTEK

device

$5,302
MIROCAM

device

$2,700
ENDOCUFF

device

$1,335
ENDOSCOPY - ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND

device

$1,184
CREON

drug

$478
OLYSIO

drug

$392
HARVONI

drug

$302
ORBERA

device

$268
OVERSTITCH

device

$268
ENDOSCOPY - HEMOSTASIS

device

$265
VIBERZI

drug

$241
VIEKIRA

drug

$214
SIMPONI

drug

$199
GI SOLUTIONS

device

$194
COOK MEDICAL ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND

device

$191
ENDOSCOPY - METAL STENTS

device

$189
LINZESS

drug

$177
ENDOSCOPY

device

$142
† 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/61360

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Oct 13, 2016 $2,500

Cook Medical Biliary Education Cook Incorporated
Mar 18, 2015 $2,500

Endoscopy - BILIARY Nonaccredited Training

Details: Cook Medical provides continuing medical education for physicians and other clinicians. Instructors are chosen for their expertise and experience with product usage in a specific clinical area. These are considered noncertified CME programs.

Cook Incorporated
Nov 4, 2015 $2,500

Endoscopy - BILIARY Education

Details: Cook Medical provides clinicians with training on the use of our products and devices, which can be complex and take practice to master. Training ensures that clinicians understand the capabilities and limitations of a product or device before using it on a patient. We provide reasonable and necessary travel, lodging, and meals for physicians who attend or teach at these courses, activities, or events.

Cook Incorporated
Jan 20, 2016 $2,500

No Listed Product Education Cook Incorporated
Jun 17, 2015 $2,500

Endoscopy - BILIARY Education

Details: Cook Medical provides clinicians with training on the use of our products and devices, which can be complex and take practice to master. Training ensures that clinicians understand the capabilities and limitations of a product or device before using it on a patient. We provide reasonable and necessary travel, lodging, and meals for physicians who attend or teach at these courses, activities, or events.

Cook Incorporated
Jun 8, 2016 $2,500

Cook Medical Biliary Education Cook Incorporated
Oct 13, 2015 $2,100

BILIARY DEVICES Consulting Boston Scientific Corporation
Jun 10, 2015 $2,100

BILIARY DEVICES Consulting Boston Scientific Corporation
Oct 28, 2015 $2,000

Endoscopy - BILIARY Education

Details: Cook Medical provides clinicians with training on the use of our products and devices, which can be complex and take practice to master. Training ensures that clinicians understand the capabilities and limitations of a product or device before using it on a patient. We provide reasonable and necessary travel, lodging, and meals for physicians who attend or teach at these courses, activities, or events.

Cook Incorporated
Jul 19, 2014 $1,800

MiroCam Promotional Speaking/Other Medivators Inc.
Aug 26, 2014 $1,600

BREATHTEK Promotional Speaking/Other Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Oct 2, 2013 $1,600

BREATHTEK Consulting Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Oct 23, 2013 $1,600

BREATHTEK Consulting Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Apr 29, 2015 $1,350

BILIARY DEVICES Consulting Boston Scientific Corporation
Apr 30, 2015 $1,314

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: Physicians sometimes need to stay overnight during the course of doing business with Cook Medical, and they are provided or reimbursed for reasonable lodging expenses. The physician could be attending or presenting at an educational presentation or a product training session. They could also be giving feedback on products or advising on trends in medical procedures and treatments. Travel expenses are recorded at the time payment is issued, not the time of travel.

Cook Incorporated
Mar 31, 2015 $1,250

Endoscopy - BILIARY Nonaccredited Training

Details: Cook Medical provides continuing medical education for physicians and other clinicians. Instructors are chosen for their expertise and experience with product usage in a specific clinical area. These are considered noncertified CME programs.

Cook Incorporated
Sep 16, 2015 $1,250

Endoscopy - BILIARY Education

Details: Cook Medical provides clinicians with training on the use of our products and devices, which can be complex and take practice to master. Training ensures that clinicians understand the capabilities and limitations of a product or device before using it on a patient. We provide reasonable and necessary travel, lodging, and meals for physicians who attend or teach at these courses, activities, or events.

Cook Incorporated
Dec 15, 2016 $1,250

Cook Medical Biliary Education Cook Incorporated
Jun 30, 2016 $1,250

Cook Medical Biliary Education Cook Incorporated
Jan 14, 2015 $1,250

Endoscopy - BILIARY Nonaccredited Training

Details: Cook Medical provides continuing medical education for physicians and other clinicians. Instructors are chosen for their expertise and experience with product usage in a specific clinical area. These are considered noncertified CME programs.

Cook Incorporated
May 23, 2014 $900

Endocuff MiroCam Promotional Speaking/Other Medivators 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/61360

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].