Doctors who Earn Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Speaking for Drug Companies

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Dr. Stephen H. Landy
More than 40 physicians have earned at least $200,000 since 2009 by moonlighting for the pharmaceutical industry, giving speeches to doctors about the wonders of a company’s drugs. These findings come from ProPublica, which gathered disclosure documents from seven pharmaceutical manufacturers: GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Cephalon, Merck & Co. and Johnson & Johnson.
The list of 43 physicians is led by Firhaad Ismail, a Las Vegas endocrinologist, who racked in $303,558 from Glaxo, Lilly and Merck; Stephen H. Landy, a headache specialist from Memphis, with $302,125 from Glazo, Cephalon and Merck; and Memphis endocrinologist Samuel Dagogo-Jack at $257,012 from Glaxo, Lilly and Merck. Eleven of the 43 are endocrinologists, reflecting the growing competition for diabetes-related drugs.
ProPublica’s database, Dollars for Docs, represents just a snapshot of the true picture of how many doctors are selling their expertise to help market drugs. This is due to the fact that more than 70 companies have not publicly reported all their speakers and consultants, the investigative journalism website points out.
-David Wallechinsky
Dollars for Docs: Who’s on Pharma’s Top-Paid List? (by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica)
Top Earners (ProPublica)


Daniel Haszard 12 years ago
Eli Lilly Zyprexa suits They called it the *Five at Five* (5 mg at 5 pm to keep nursing home patients subdued and sleepy) and *VIVA ZYPREXA* (Zyprexa for everybody) campaigns to off label market Eli Lilly Zyprexa as a fix for unapproved usage. A New York Times report reviews what has been accomplished by multiple civil and criminal lawsuits against Big Pharma companies that have relied on fraud to market industry's worst pharmaceuticals--antipsychotic drugs--which have become industry's most profitable cash cow. "The new generation of antipsychotics has also become the single biggest target of the False Claims Act, a federal law once largely aimed at fraud among military contractors. Hundreds of millions of dollars or is currently under investigation for possible health care fraud." --- Daniel Haszard Zyprexa victim activist

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