ProPublica's Pharm Payoff for Doctors Database -- Who's Local?
October 19, 2010 at 4:01PM
The nonprofit investigative reporting outfit ProPublica released yet another awesome project today, this time centered on the financial relationships between drug companies and medical professionals -- the arguably unseemly, the blatantly sleazy and perhaps, in some cases, the actually illegal. Titled "Dollars for Docs," the package includes a story that runs down current lawsuits charging that companies were actively paying doctors to push certain drugs -- a crime -- and another detailing how pharmaceutical companies keep sketchy docs on the in-house payroll. As an adjunct to its reporting, ProPublica published an interactive database containing all the payoffs from drug manufacturers to doctors that it could find -- "=5" target="_blank">$50,000 from Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca.