Is your doctor getting paid to hawk particular medicines to you? Using information made public as a result of lawsuits, ProPublica has a searchable database of drug company payments made to U.S. physicians.
Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors for promoting their drugs. But seven companies have begun posting names and compensation on the Web, some as the result of legal settlements. ProPublica compiled these disclosures, totaling $295 million, into a single database that allows patients to search for their doctor. Receiving payments isn’t necessarily wrong, but it does raise ethical issues.