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/906871
  • 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/906871
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

BRIAN STARR

Listed Specialty: Interventional Pain Medicine
900 CAMINO DE SALUD, ALBUQUERQUE, NM, 87131-0001

Payments: At a Glance

22

payments

$689

payment total

9

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
21 $544
Education
1 $145

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
SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION

device

$290
BOTOX

drug

$76
DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS

device

$74
LYRICA

drug

$49
INTERVENTIONAL THERAPIES

device

$47
OXYCONTIN

drug

$47
BUTRANS

drug

$47
HYSINGLA ER

drug

$47
EMBEDA

drug

$33
BELBUCA

drug

$33
OPANA ER

drug

$33
PAIN MANAGEMENT

device

$27
RESTASIS

drug

$20
FLECTOR PATCH

drug

$16
MONOVISC

device

$16
NEURO-CHRONIC PAIN

device

$10
† 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 5, 2015 $145

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Education Medtronic USA, Inc.
Oct 17, 2013 $127

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Mar 12, 2014 $58

DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Dec 4, 2013 $47

Interventional Therapies Food and Beverage Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Nov 3, 2015 $27

PAIN MANAGEMENT Food and Beverage Boston Scientific Corporation
Apr 3, 2015 $25

Botox Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Feb 9, 2015 $22

Botox Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Jul 14, 2016 $20

HYSINGLA ER OXYCONTIN BUTRANS Food and Beverage Purdue Pharma L.P.
Feb 12, 2016 $20

RESTASIS Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Sep 22, 2014 $18

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
May 17, 2016 $18

OPANA ER BELBUCA Food and Beverage Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Mar 10, 2016 $18

EMBEDA LYRICA Food and Beverage Pfizer Inc.
Apr 13, 2015 $16

DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS Food and Beverage Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Jan 14, 2016 $16

LYRICA FLECTOR PATCH Food and Beverage Pfizer Inc.
Apr 20, 2016 $16

MONOVISC Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Aug 8, 2016 $16

BOTOX Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
Nov 23, 2015 $15

LYRICA EMBEDA Food and Beverage Pfizer Inc.
Apr 5, 2016 $15

OPANA ER BELBUCA Food and Beverage Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Feb 9, 2016 $13

HYSINGLA ER OXYCONTIN BUTRANS Food and Beverage Purdue Pharma L.P.
Jun 30, 2014 $13

BOTOX Food and Beverage Allergan Inc.
May 16, 2016 $13

HYSINGLA ER OXYCONTIN BUTRANS Food and Beverage Purdue Pharma L.P.

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/906871

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].