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Dollars for Docs: Who’s On Pharma’s Top-Paid List?

A review of the highest-earning physicians in ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs database offers insight into why some medical professionals are drawn to the lucrative sideline of public speaking to promote favored drugs.

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Jenny swartz

Nov. 17, 2010, Midnight

We live in a capitalist society.  It is not easy to be a physician these days.  Some of them were probably tempted by money, but I am sure most of them are smart enough not to prescribe just one drug.  It’s just not possible anyway, since patients have anectodal reactions to many them so it is always good to have options.

But we can beat a dead horse here. 

I am watching this program called Democracy Now and the bigger issue is the insurance companies.  As a matter of fact, any company that is governed by Wall Street driven profits has lobbyists and uses other marketing efforts to achieve its profits—and the insurance companies have been far more unethical than the drug companies.  They go out of your way to deny you health care.

Wake up, readers. The insurance companies drive what you use—not doctors.

Jenny swartz

Nov. 17, 2010, 12:03 a.m.

The insurance companies drive what you get, not doctors.


Nov. 17, 2010, 7:46 a.m.

Missy- your $10g’s from Pfizer is small potatoes. The real big money for you PX’s is in appliances. You can make $500k a year and never see a patient. Just go around to the orthopedic speciality hospitals and push joint replacements devices. You get $10g’s as expense money to go on the road all you need is an MD, Ortho Boards and a Lexus and you’re good to go. It would be nice if you got a couple of articles published. The more published stuff, the more you can demand. Why treat patients when you can see the world and not worry about insurance payments coming in and personnel to pay. No malpratice insurance. No weekend covers. No gripping pateints.  Besides cash there’s theatre and sports tickets.

All you have toi ask yourself is, is it ethical. We already know the people paying you can’t spell ethics. Ah! but who care, remember, after me you come first.

Dan Davis

Nov. 17, 2010, 11:44 a.m.

@Jenny: More straw men and deflections.

So to all: This is not a discussion about:
  Abuses in the legal profession
  Abuses in the Insurance industry
  Abuses in any other field you might want to shift focus to.

Further, give it up with the “’s hard to be a doctor these days…” arguments. I’m sure it’s true, but it has no bearing on the apparent inability of the medical profession and pharma industry to create and enforce codes of conduct that address this area of unambiguous conflict of interest. “I did it because I needed the money” has never been a compelling defense.


Nov. 17, 2010, 2:17 p.m.

Dan- you said again, and again, and again but no one wants to hear. Most of the comments were from the “takers” who don’t understand basic ethics anyway. The pharmas and appliance manufacturers take very positive vibes from 50 of the 60 or so comments by readers of what is suppose to be a “people’s 4th estate”. Wonder what the Fox Cablenews poll would bring on this, i’d guess about the same results 10% reality - 90% immorality.

Mark McConnell, MD

Nov. 17, 2010, 10:13 p.m.

Please read and listen to Jerome above.
He is spot on.


Nov. 18, 2010, 12:59 a.m.

Hey Doc McConnell- this is a black and white situation. if its raining outside, either you get wet or come inside. Jerome thinks you can stay outside and not get wet. Doesn’t work that way in the real world. You, like most MD’s are manipulated by big business like insurance, hospital corporations, and pharma.

Mark McConnell, MD

Nov. 18, 2010, 7:06 a.m.

I apologize for being unclear.  I definitely do not believe I (or anyone) can, as you say nicely “stay out in the rain and not get wet”.  I think I’m misunderstood.  I do not take any (any) funding from industry and haven’t for 15 years.  I thought Jerry’s point was simply that we have to watch out for the real enemy.  Industry is just doing their job.  They aren’t always doing illegal things (but sometimes are).  I think the nice thing about this site is the ability to find our which doctors are receiving funding…and then letter the patients be ware.  I choose not to take money…and would recommend that approach to all prescribers.


Nov. 24, 2010, 8:04 p.m.

Okay enough is enough.
Money does not rule in the end.  You can’t spend it when you are gone.

My grandson is 10 yrs. old
He was given (9) vaccines at once because the DOC was given an extra kickback for every vaccine given.

He is classiied as Autistic. Born healthy and because of the greedy DOC and the evil Big Pharma he has a struggle.
Look in the mirror you BAS….S. Is it really worth it?



Could he possibly be a a strong leader in this evil movement?


Just because you have a headache, pain somewhere in the body, etc. take full responsibility for your own health. One prescription drug leads to several. Set the example for your loved ones.



By the way there might be hidden ingredients in the present vaccines that have been stored for a very long time. They are loosing $$$$$$ if they don’t sell them.

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