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/67029
  • 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/67029
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MIRELA DUMITRESCU

Listed Specialty: Internal Medicine
5520 PARK AVE, TRUMBULL, CT, 06611-3463

Payments: At a Glance

819

payments

$42,868

payment total

41

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
18 $19,965
Food and Beverage
718 $15,718
Consulting
2 $4,550
Travel and Lodging
8 $2,015
Education
73 $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
HUMIRA

drug

$16,562
STELARA

drug

$4,815
SYNTHROID

drug

$4,326
ANDROGEL

drug

$4,326
LUPRON

drug

$4,326
VIEKIRA

drug

$4,326
ATELVIA

drug

$2,471
XELJANZ

drug

$1,426
RITUXAN

drug

$1,425
ENBREL

drug

$1,184
SIMPONI ARIA

drug

$1,168
ORENCIA

drug

$1,074
ACTEMRA

drug

$907
H.P. ACTHAR

drug

$847
OTEZLA

drug

$822
RAYOS

drug

$492
SIMPONI

drug

$475
OPSUMIT MACITENTAN

drug

$380
LYRICA

drug

$326
CIMZIA

drug

$323
PROLIA

drug

$322
† 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/67029

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Feb 12, 2014 $2,750

Stelara Consulting Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Apr 29, 2015 $1,800

Humira Viekira Synthroid Androgel Lupron Consulting AbbVie, Inc.
Aug 21, 2013 $1,170

ATELVIA Promotional Speaking/Other Warner Chilcott LLC
Nov 19, 2013 $1,170

ATELVIA Promotional Speaking/Other Warner Chilcott LLC
Oct 26, 2015 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Sep 2, 2014 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Nov 4, 2014 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Mar 23, 2015 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Feb 2, 2016 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Aug 11, 2015 $1,125

Humira Viekira Synthroid Androgel Lupron Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Oct 31, 2016 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
May 31, 2016 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Mar 8, 2016 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Feb 3, 2014 $1,125

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Apr 15, 2014 $1,125

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
May 23, 2014 $1,125

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Jun 8, 2015 $1,125

Humira Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Nov 6, 2013 $1,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Aug 29, 2013 $1,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Sep 16, 2013 $1,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other AbbVie, Inc.
Feb 12, 2014 $900

Stelara Travel and Lodging Janssen Biotech, 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/67029

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].