Eric Sagara was a News Applications Fellow at ProPublica. Prior to that he was a reporter on the Newark Star-Ledger's data team. He is originally from Arizona, where he reported on business, education, crime and government.
Payments from pharmaceutical companies touch hundreds of thousands of doctors. The 17 companies we've tracked spent $1.4 billion in 2013 alone. Here are our top five takeaways from following all that money.
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