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/92725
  • 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/92725
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SARAH ACHENBACH

Listed Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
100 PEACH ST, SUITE 300, ERIE, PA, 16507-1423

Payments: At a Glance

19

payments

$345

payment total

14

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
19 $345

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
MYOSURE

device

$56
DICLEGIS

drug

$47
PRECISION ENERGY PRODUCTS FOR GYN SURGICAL APPLICATIONS

device

$26
COOK MEDICAL MFM

device

$25
LO LOESTRIN FE

drug

$22
MIRENA

drug

$21
MYRBETRIQ

drug

$21
VESICARE

drug

$21
LUPRON

drug

$21
ESSURE

device

$20
MD COBAS INSTRUMENTS AND REAGENTS

device

$17
OSPHENA

drug

$14
AQUILEX

device

$12
CERVIDIL

drug

$11
PROLIA

drug

$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

All payments are displayed, the largest appearing on top.

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Nov 13, 2013 $56

Myosure Food and Beverage HOLOGIC INC
Jan 29, 2015 $26

Precision Energy Products for GYN Surgical Applications Food and Beverage OmniGuide, Inc.
Nov 17, 2016 $25

Cook Medical MFM Food and Beverage Cook Incorporated
Apr 22, 2014 $22

LO LOESTRIN FE Food and Beverage Actavis Pharma Inc
Sep 3, 2014 $21

Myrbetriq Vesicare Food and Beverage Astellas Pharma US Inc
Dec 3, 2013 $21

Lupron Food and Beverage AbbVie, Inc.
Jul 31, 2014 $20

Essure Food and Beverage Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Nov 6, 2013 $17

Diclegis Food and Beverage Duchesnay USA Incorporated
Nov 30, 2016 $17

MD cobas Instruments and Reagents Food and Beverage Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Jun 20, 2014 $17

Diclegis Food and Beverage Duchesnay USA Incorporated
Aug 16, 2013 $14

Osphena Food and Beverage SHIONOGI INC
Oct 20, 2016 $14

No Listed Product Food and Beverage KCI USA, Inc
Dec 10, 2013 $12

Diclegis Food and Beverage Duchesnay USA Incorporated
Jan 3, 2014 $12

Aquilex Food and Beverage HOLOGIC INC
Feb 11, 2016 $11

CERVIDIL Food and Beverage Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sep 28, 2015 $11

No Listed Product Food and Beverage Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Sep 18, 2013 $11

Mirena Food and Beverage Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sep 19, 2016 $10

Prolia Food and Beverage Amgen Inc.
Aug 1, 2013 $10

Mirena Food and Beverage Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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].