A unique set of data of more than $4 billion in payments to doctors, other medical providers and health care institutions that were disclosed by 17 pharmaceutical companies from 2009 to 2013.
Prior to 2013, the federal government did not require pharmaceutical companies to disclose payments they made to medical providers. However, about $4 billion in payments to doctors, other medical providers and health care institutions were voluntarily disclosed by 17 pharmaceutical companies between 2009 and 2013. As of 2013, their combined prescription drug sales amounted to about 50 percent of the U.S. market.
ProPublica compiled individual disclosures into a single, comprehensive database that allows patients to search for their physician or medical center and receive a listing of all payments matching that name. The database can also be searched by state and by company. It can be filtered by year and payment category.
Compiling this database involved scraping and collating from a variety of formats. Caveats and additional details are listed in the readme file available as part of both the purchased dataset and the sample data available for download on this page.