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Secret Payments to Doctors Will End in 2013

Posted in Politics

Earlier, I wrote about how doctors aren’t disclosing their financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.  Turns out that they soon will be:

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, drug, device and medical supply companies are required to list payments worth $10 or more to doctors in a public database that can be easily searched by 2013.

Source: Doctors Given Millions by Device Makers Fail to Disclose Pay in Research – Bloomberg

This will be such a timesaver for product liability attorneys.  Instead of having to spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars investigating expert witnesses who work for pharmaceutical companies, we’ll just be able to hit this database.  I’m sure big pharma is less than thrilled.