Dollars For Docs – Of Interest To Seniors

A public resource for checking out if your doctor or institution is receiving money from drug companies is available.  A quick search of Renown and some geriatric doctors in the Reno area provided these results:

Name / Payee City State Company Year Category Amount
RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Reno Nev. AstraZeneca 2011 Research $2,000
RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Reno Nev. AstraZeneca 2012 Research $13,236
ERIC DRUMMER (Payee: RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER) RENO Nev. Eli Lilly 2011 Research $13,675
ERIC DRUMMER (Payee: RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER) RENO Nev. Eli Lilly 2012 Research $22,718
Name / Payee City State Company Year Category Amount
Deborah Hughes Las Vegas Nev. Valeant 2011 Meals $0-100
Deborah Hughes Las Vegas Nev. Valeant 2011 Meals $0-100
Deborah Hughes Las Vegas Nev. Valeant 2012 Meals $0-100
Deborah Hughes Las Vegas Nev. Valeant 2012 Meals $0-100
DEBORAH MARTZ LAS VEGAS Nev. Eli Lilly 2010 Other $17,400
DEBORAH MARTZ LAS VEGAS Nev. Eli Lilly 2010 Travel $3,631
DEBORAH MARTZ LAS VEGAS Nev. Eli Lilly 2011 Other $600
DEBORAH MARTZ LAS VEGAS Nev. Eli Lilly 2011 Consulting $14,250
DEBORAH MARTZ LAS VEGAS Nev. Eli Lilly 2011 Travel $3,373
DEBORAH S BAKER RENO Nev. Pfizer 2010 Meals $284
DEBORAH WALKER FREDERICKS RENO Nev. Novartis 2010-11 Speaking $750

From the article:  (Susan Abram – Daily News)  Speaking about diseases for a drug company has become a lucrative moonlighting gig for those in the medical profession locally and across the nation.  But while the practice of speaking is not illegal, it raises the question of conflict of interest: Is the drug being given to you because you need it, or because the doctor writing out the prescription is paid by Big Pharma?

“Pharmaceutical companies used to take doctors to dinner, but that was banned years ago,” said Dr. Arthur Chanzel Jeng, an infection control specialist at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar.  “Now they must provide some educational content.”

I will post the link for the search at a later time, or am happy to answer your e-mails.

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