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News2015September › Big Pharma pays out $6.49bn to American doctors in a year › September 2015

Big Pharma pays out $6.49bn to American doctors in a year

49bn to doctors in the US alone last year

Big Pharma gave $6.49bn to doctors in the US alone last year. In all, 607,000 American physicians and medical professionals received the money as research funding, gifts, fees, meals or travel expenses, according to official figures released under America's own freedom of information legislation, the Sunshine Act.

One of the biggest payers was Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical, which gave $435m to doctors during the year. It paid out more than even some of the major American drug companies, including Pfizer and Merck. Europe's pharmaceutical companies accounted for 23 per cent of all payments to US physicians.

This is the second year that the level of payments-and the physicians receiving payments or payments-in-kind-has been published under the Sunshine Act.

The act is designed to introduce more transparency into medicine, although payments for 'research' and 'consultancy' are not examined.

(Source: https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov)


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