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/94735
  • 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/94735
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

DOUGLAS MESSINA

Listed Specialty:
1717 SHIPYARD BLVD, SUITE 350, WILMINGTON, NC, 28403-8023

Payments: At a Glance

66

payments

$1,807

payment total

23

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Food and Beverage
64 $1,172
Education
2 $635

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
ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES

device

$300
ADVANCED WOUND CARE

device

$134
SUTURES

device

$134
OXYCONTIN

drug

$124
DUEXIS

drug

$115
BUTRANS

drug

$112
KNEES

device

$88
HYSINGLA ER

drug

$85
PENNSAID

drug

$78
HIPS

device

$67
EUFLEXXA

drug

$49
OFIRMEV

drug

$42
JUGGERKNOT

device

$38
JUGGERLOC

device

$38
KNEE CREATIONS BRAND

device

$38
PRECISION INSTRUMENTS

device

$38
NUCYNTA

drug

$36
VIMOVO

drug

$36
ZIPSOR

drug

$32
TRAUMA

device

$32
SUPARTZ

device

$31
† 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/94735

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Mar 14, 2016 $335

No Listed Product Education

Details: Transfer of value related to products manufactured by Arthrex, Inc

Southtech Orthopedics
Aug 27, 2014 $300

ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES Education SouthTech Orthopedics
Sep 21, 2015 $88

KNEES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Mar 27, 2014 $67

HIPS Food and Beverage Biomet Orthopedics, LLC
Jul 28, 2015 $43

Advanced Wound Care Sutures Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

Ethicon US, LLC
Feb 16, 2015 $43

Advanced Wound Care Sutures Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

Ethicon US, LLC
Nov 17, 2014 $42

Advanced Wound Care Sutures Food and Beverage Ethicon US, LLC
Feb 10, 2016 $38

Juggerloc Precision Instruments Knee Creations Brand Juggerknot Food and Beverage Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Aug 19, 2014 $32

Trauma Food and Beverage Biomet Trauma, LLC
May 14, 2015 $26

All Food and Beverage ConforMIS, Inc.
Jun 6, 2014 $22

Joint Fluid Therapy Food and Beverage Bioventus LLC
Oct 27, 2014 $22

OXYCONTIN BUTRANS Food and Beverage Purdue Pharma L.P.
Jan 26, 2016 $21

DUEXIS Food and Beverage Horizon Pharma plc
Jul 13, 2016 $21

PENNSAID Food and Beverage Horizon Pharma plc
Mar 19, 2015 $20

PENNSAID Food and Beverage Horizon Pharma plc
Jun 2, 2014 $20

VIMOVO Food and Beverage Horizon Pharma USA, Inc.
Dec 3, 2014 $19

Supartz Food and Beverage Bioventus LLC
May 12, 2014 $19

Osteogenesis Stimulators Food and Beverage EMPI, INC.
Nov 17, 2015 $19

DUEXIS Food and Beverage Horizon Pharma plc
Aug 30, 2016 $19

OFIRMEV Food and Beverage Mallinckrodt LLC
Oct 21, 2015 $18

Trauma Plates, Screws, and Nails Food and Beverage Smith & Nephew, 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/94735

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].