Dollars for Docs Data (2015)


Ready-to-use data on billions of dollars paid by pharmaceutical companies to medical providers and health care institutions during 2015. Combined with data from 2013/2014, Dollars for Docs now covers nearly $6.25 billion in medical industry payments made to more than 800,000 physicians in the U.S.

This dataset is ProPublica's premium version of the federal Open Payments database; it has been cleaned, analyzed, and matched with additional data. It includes:

  • A summary for each provider in the database, including their specialty, contact information, and aggregated payment information (number of payments received, total monetary value of payments received, and number of companies from which payments were received). 
  • A ready-to-use version of the federal Open Payments data, for which we have cleaned company names, drug names, and device names. We have standardized how each company, drug, and device is listed, and eliminated duplicates (meaning if a product was listed as both a drug and device, we figured out which was correct).
  • An analysis-ready version of the payment file, with each drug or device associated with a payment represented on its own line. Open Payments records sometimes include multiple drugs and/or devices associated with each payment. (Each drug or device is assigned the full value of the payment.) Our flattened file makes it easier to compare spending associated with different drugs. 

Optional add-ons include:

  • Provider NPI numbers
  • Custom runs by location, drug, device, manufacturer, or provider ID
  • Custom analysis by providers' hospital affiliation
  • Additional data from August 2013-December 2014.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, ProPublica

Date Released

June 2016

Dates Covered

January-December 2015


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Dollars for Docs, Drugs, Doctors, and Pharmaceutical Companies