Doctors Pull In $3.5 Billion in 5 Months From Drug and Device Companies

September 30, 2014 6:51 PM

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U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals were paid $3.5 billion by drug and device makers over five months in 2013, according to the first comprehensive disclosure of the companies’ financial ties to the medical professionals that prescribe and use their products.

The disclosures by the U.S. government cover 4.4 million payments to about 550,000 doctors and 1,360 teaching hospitals from August to December 2013. The companies had to provide the information as part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

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