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/889278
  • 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/889278
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MARK LAZARUS

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
925 CHESTNUT ST, 5TH FLOOR, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 19107-4216

Payments: At a Glance

94

payments

$1,313,401

payment total

7

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
20 $1.07M
Consulting
10 $229K
Travel and Lodging
21 $6,586
Food and Beverage
43 $3,344

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
AEQUALIS

device

$479K
AEQUALIS PERFORM

drug

$393K
AEQULIS REVERSED II

drug

$393K
AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX

device

$316K
OTHER

device

$98,381
AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX

drug

$52,293
SIMPLICITI

device

$11,701
DEV - PSI SHOULDER

device

$9,122
SPORTS MEDICINE

device

$5,585
ASCEND FLEX

drug

$3,922
AEQUALIS PERFORM

device

$1,159
AEQULIS REVERSED II

device

$1,008
PYROCARBON CMI

drug

$660
DEV - ASCEND FLEX

device

$420
ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES

device

$388
REVERSE II LINE EXT

drug

$248
SIMPLICITI US IDE

device

$224
AFFINITI CORTILOC GLEN

device

$151
CLAW

device

$140
RECON-UPPER EXTREMITY METAL

device

$134
LAT EV TOTAL ELBOW

drug

$123
† 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/889278

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Apr 28, 2016 $131,786

AEQUALIS Royalty or License Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Feb 4, 2016 $123,064

AEQUALIS Royalty or License Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Jul 29, 2016 $122,988

AEQUALIS Royalty or License Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Jul 30, 2015 $108,863

AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX Consulting Tornier, Inc.
Jan 30, 2015 $105,728

AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Oct 31, 2016 $100,519

AEQUALIS Royalty or License Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Apr 30, 2015 $98,701

AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX Consulting Tornier, Inc.
Oct 30, 2015 $98,319

OTHER Royalty or License WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Jul 30, 2014 $75,734

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Apr 25, 2014 $74,448

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Oct 24, 2014 $70,041

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Jan 24, 2014 $64,409

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Oct 23, 2013 $43,057

AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Apr 25, 2014 $15,508

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Jul 30, 2014 $13,692

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Oct 24, 2014 $12,876

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Apr 28, 2014 $8,902

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Aug 27, 2014 $4,725

Sports Medicine Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Aug 21, 2015 $4,500

SIMPLICITI DEV - PSI Shoulder Consulting Tornier, Inc.
Apr 28, 2014 $3,724

AEQULIS REVERSED II AEQUALIS PERFORM Royalty or License Tornier, Inc.
Feb 21, 2014 $3,500

ASCEND FLEX Consulting Tornier, 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/889278

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].