Disclosure of Drug Company Payments to Doctors

Disclosure of Drug Company Payments to Doctors

           I'm working to shed light on financial relationships between drug companies and doctors.  I've conducted oversight, and I'm working for passage of legislation that would require public reporting by drug companies of the money they give to doctors for consulting, travel, speeches, meals and other activities.  The public interest is clear.  We all rely on the advice of doctors, and leading researchers influence the practice of medicine.  Taxpayers spend billions of dollars each year on prescription drugs and devices through Medicare and Medicaid.  The National Institutes of Health distributes $24 billion annually in federal research grants.  So the public has a right to know about financial relationships between doctors and drug companies. 


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Dr. Stephen L. Ondra, Director of Spine Surgery, Northwestern University

- Grassley letter to the Veterans Administration, 28 September 2010

- Grassley letter to the Veterans Administration, 21 October 2010

- Grassley letter to Medtronic, 21 October 2010


Dr. Melissa DelBello, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati

-Lederman, Doug, "Where No Researcher Wants to Be" Inside Higher Ed, 4 April 2008.

-Rubenstien, Sarah, "Sen. Grassley Knocks Psychiatrist's Funding from AstraZeneca" The Wall Street Journal Online, 7 April 2008.

-Silverman, Ed, "A University Clams Up Over a Conflict of Interest" Pharmalot, 9 April 2008.

-Goldstein, Jacob "Univ. of Cincinnati Psychiatrist Under More Scrutiny Over Funding" Wall Street Journal Health Blog, 21 April 2008.


Dr. Alan Schatzberg, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University

-Garber, Kent, "Committee Questions a Top Psychiatrist: An Official of the American Psychiatric Association is Asked about Drug Company Ties" U.S. News and World Report, 26 June 2008.

-Silverman, Ed, "Grassley Intensifies Probe Into NIH and Stanford" Pharmalot, 1 Aug 2008

-Weintraub, Arlene, "Drugmakers and College Labs: Too Cozy?" Business Week, 26 June 2008.

-Vinas , Maria Jose, "Stanford Researcher, Accused of Conflicts, Steps Down as NIH Principal Investigator" The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 Aug 2008.


Dr. Joseph Biederman, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University

Dr. Timothy E. Wilens, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University

-Carey, Benedict and Harris, Gardiner, "Researchers Fail to Reveal Full Drug Pay" The New York Times, 8 June 2008.

-Silverman, Ed, "Harvard Psychiatrist Didn't Report Pharma Income" Pharmalot, 7 June 2008.

-Waters, Rob "Harvard Doctors Failed to Disclose Fees, Senator Says (Update2)" Bloomberg, 9 June 2008.

-Wu, June Q. "Harvard Medical School to Reexamine Conflicts of Interest Policy" The Harvard Crimson, 16 June 2008

-Gutierrez, David, "Harvard Psychiatrists Hide Millions of Dollars Received from Drug Companies" Natural News, 7 Nov 2008.

-Armstrong, David and Mundy, Alicia, "J&J Emails Raise Issues of Risperdal Promotion" The Wall Street Journal, 25 Nov 2008.

-Goldberg, Carey, "Papers Reveals Push on Drug Firm Funds" The Boston Globe, 25 Nov 2008.

-Harris, Gardiner, "Research Center Tied to Drug Company" The New York Times, 24 Nov 2008.

-Silverman, Ed "Harvard's Biederman: What J&J Money?" Pharmalot, 26 Nov 2008.

-Janet Frankston Lorin and John Lauerman, "Harvard Medical School to Review Drug Research Ethics (Update1)" Bloomberg, 15 Jan 2009.

-Wu, June, "Harvard Medical School To Review Conflict of Interest Policies" The Harvard Crimson, 21 Jan 2009.

-Kowalczyk, Liz, "Harvard will stiffen rules for staff at med school" Boston Globe, 3 Feb 2009.

-Kowalczyk, Liz, "Senator broadens inquiry into psychiatrist" Boston Globe, 21 Mar 2009.

-Harris, Gardiner, "3 Researchers at Harvard are Named in Subpeona" The New York Times, 27 Mar 2009.


Dr. Charles Nemeroff, Chairman of Psychiatry, Emory University

-Schneider, Craig and Young, Alison "Emory acknowledges past issues with professor, launches investigation" The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 4 Oct 2008.

-Gellene, Denise and Maugh II, Thomas H. "Emory University Psychiatrist Accused of Conflict of Interest" Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct 2008.

-Harris, Gardiner, "Top Psychiatrist Didn't Report Drug Makers' Pay" The New York Times, 4 Oct 2008.

-Jaschik, Scott, "More Scrutiny on Conflicts of Interest" Inside Higher Ed, 6 Oct 2008.

-Schneider, Craig and White, Gayle, "Emory Psychiatrist as Diverse as He is Gifted" The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12 Oct 2008.

-Han, Tiffany, "Office Created for Ethical Conflicts: Emory Wheel, 20 Oct 2008.

-Schneider, Craig and White, Gayle, "Depression Expert at Emory Pulls Out of Research" The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 14 Oct 2008.

-Silverman, Ed, "NIH Suspends Big Grant to Emory University" Pharmalot, 14 Oct 2008.

-"Advisory Panel to Review Ethics Policies" Atlanta Journal Constitution, 3 Nov 2008.

-Pereira, Joseph, "Emory Professor Steps Down" Wall Street Journal, 23, Dec 2008.

-Rubenstein, Sarah, "What Did Emory Tell NIH  About Nemeroffs Pharma Pay?" Wall Street Journal Blogs, 26, Feb 2009.

-Schneider, Craig, "Feds investigate conflict charge over Emory prof" Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 27, Feb 2009. 

-Armstrong, David, "Another Emory Psychiatrist Draws Fire For Payments From Glaxo" Wall Street Journal Blogs, 10, Jun 2009. 

-Scott, Paul, "Repremanded Psychologist? Bad Advice?" Columbia Journalism Review, 24, Jun 2009.


Dr. Karen Wagner, Robert L. Stubblefield Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

Dr. Augustus John Rush, Vice Dean of Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

-Mundy, Alicia, "Pressured, Schools Review Ties to Drug Firms" Wall Street Journal, 11 Sept 2008.

-Ramshaw, Emily, "Senator Questions Doctor's Ties to Drug Companies" Dallas Morning News, 24 Sept 2008.

-Silverman, Ed, "Grassley and Texas Academics: Take Two" Pharmalot, 11 Sept 2008.

-Ramshaw, Emily, "University of Texas officials vow to strengthen ethics rules for researchers" The Dallas Morning News, 11 Feb 2009.


Dr. Frederick K. Goodwin, Host, "The Infinite Mind"

-Harris, Gardiner, "Radio Host Has Drug Company Ties" The New York Times, 21 Nov 2008.

-Silverman, Ed, "Talk Is Not Cheap: NPR Host Has Ties To Pharma" Pharmalot, 21 Nov 2008.

-Rubenstein, Sarah, "Grassley Knocks Radio Host Goodwin for Drug-Industry Conflicts" Wall Street Journal Health Blog, 21 Nov 2008.

-Silverman, Ed, "Worst Practice? Senate Probes NPR Host's Firm" Pharmalot, 21 Nov 2008.

-Garfield, Bob "Money Talks" On the Media, 28 Nov 2008.


Thomas Zdeblick, Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin

-Armstrong, David and Burton, Thomas M. "Medtronic Paid Researcher More Than $20,000 -- Much More" Wall Street Journal, 16 Jan 2009.

-Fauber, John, "Medical device maker paid UW surgeon $19 million: School didn't share in payments" Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 16 Jan 2009.

-Finkelmeyer, Todd, "UW responds to senator's inquiry into medical conflict of interest policy" The Capital Times, 26 Jan 2009.

-Andrews, Alexandra, "Scrutiny of Doctor-Pharma Ties Leads to Change" ProPublica, 16 Jan 2009.

-Fauber, John and Rust, Susan, "New rules on conflicts proposed" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb 2009.


Dr. David Polly, Professor and Chief of the Spine Service, University of Minnesota

-Snowbeck, Christopher, U surgeon's fees face new scrutiny from payer, 31 Jul 2009. 

-Interview with Dr. Polly on Minnesota Public Radio, 31 Jul 2009.

-Star Tribune Editorial, "U Should Lead On Conflicts of Interest" Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, 15 Aug 2009.

-Meier, Barry, "2nd Medronic Consultant Draws Senate Scrutiny," New York Times, 29 Jul 2009

-Armstrong, David and Burton, Thomas M., "Spine Surgeon Didn't Disclose Medtronic Pay in Testimony," Wall Street Journal, 29 Jul 2009.


Dr. Timothy Kuklo, Associate Professor - Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

-Meier, Barry and Wilson, Duff, "Senator Seeks Data on Doctor Accused by Army of Falsifying a Product Study" New York Times, 19 May 2009. 

-Burton, Thomas M. and Armstrong, David, "U.S. News: Grassley Probes Kuklo Study" The Wall Street Journal, 19 May 2009. 

-Meier, Barry, "Medtronic Gets Subpeona Regarding Disputed Study" New York Times, 23 Jun 2009. 

-Lee, Thomas, "Prosecutors Seek Records in Medtronic Fraud Probe" Minneapolis - St. Paul Star Tribune, 23 Jun 2009.


Dr. Jeffrey C. Wang, UCLA

-Basken, Paul, "UCLA Investigates Corporate Payments to a Surgeon at its Medical School Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 July 2009.


General Stories:

-Guess, Andy, "Researchers' Financial Disclosures in the Spotlight" Inside Higher Ed, 12 June 2008.

-Andrews, Wyatt, "Doctors Under the Influence?" CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, 26 June 2008. Nov 2008.

-Guess, Andy, "Accepting More Federal Oversight" Inside Higher Ed, 9 July 2008.

-Carey, Benedict and Harris, Gardiner, "Psychiatric Group Faces Scrutiny Over Drug Industry Ties" The New York Times, 12 July 2008.

-Firestone, Chaz and Kelsh, Chaz "Senator targets professor's ties to big pharma" Brown Daily Herald, 23 Sept 2008.

-Grant, Bob "Should Conflicts Mean No NIH Grant?" The Scientist.com, 29 Sept 2008.

-Han, Tiffany and Rizzo, Salvador, "A National Policy Issue, But Close to Home" Emory Wheel, 6 Nov 2008.

-Kaiser, Jocelyn, "Cardiologists Come Under the Glare of Senate Inquiry" Science, 24 Oct. 2008.

-Meier, Barry, "Ties Between Doctors and Stent Makers Queried" The New York Times, 16 Oct 2008.

-Silverman, Ed, "Boston Legal: TV Drama Or Reality Show?" Pharmalot, 29 Oct 2008.

-Ferro, Shane "USenate, U.S. Senators Revisit Conflict of Interest Policy" Columbia Spectator, 31 Oct 2008.

-Monastersky, Richard, "Hidden Payments to University Researchers Draw New Fire" The Chronicle of Higher Education

-Silverman, Ed, "Amid Senate Probe, NIH Changes Research Head" Pharmalot, 13 Nov 2008.

-Finkelstein, Joel B., "For Physician-Scientists, Conflict-of-Interest Issues are Complex" Science, 14 Nov 2008.

-Wu, June Q., "Students Push Comprehensive Hospital COI Policies" The Harvard Crimson, 21 Nov 2008.

-Waddington, Lynda, "Chalk Up Another One For Sen. Grassley" The Iowa Independent, 12 Feb 2009.

-Harris, Gardiner,"Research Center Tied to Drug Company" The New York Times, 24 Nov  2008.

-Abelson, Reed, "Cleveland Clinic Discloses Doctors' Industry Ties" The New York Times, 2 Dec 2008.

-Steenhuysen, Julie, "Doctors: Under the drug industry's influence?" Reuters, Feb 4, 2009.

-Jordan, Erin, "U of I to bar free drug samples, gifts" Des Moines Register, 23 Jan 2009.

-Burton, Thomas M. "Spine Doctors are Adopting Strict Rules on Payments" Wall Street Journal, 24 Jan 2009.

-Ember, Sydney, "Research Policy Being Reviewed" The Brown Daily Herald, 2 Feb 2009.

-Steenhuysen, Julie, "Psychiatrists may cut some ties to drug firms" Reuters, 8 Feb 2009.

-Hill, Miriam, "Charles Grassley and the FDA" Philadelphia Inquirer, 8 Feb 2009.

-Giles, Jim, "Exposing the links between doctors and Big Pharma" NewScientist, 25 Feb 2009.

-Kaiser, Jocelyn, "Private Money, Public Disclosure" Science Magazine, 23 Jun 2009.

-Armstrong, David, "Surgeon Faces Probe of Research" The Wall Street Journal, 22 Jul 2009.

-Borger, Kate, "Senator Grassley Investigates Emory Researcher," Emory Wheel, 27 Aug 2009.


Editorials and Op-Eds:

-"Hidden Drug Payments at Harvard" The New York Times, 10 June 2008.

-Relman, Arnold S., "Improper Rewards of Research" The Boston Globe, 12 July 2008.

-"Credibility Crisis in Pediatric Psychiatry" Nature Neuroscience, Sep 2008.

-"Accountable Academics" The Brown Daily Herald, 24 Nov 2008.

-"Drugs and Disclosure" The New York Times, 10 Oct 2008.

-Warner, Judith "Diagnosis: Greed" The New York Times: Domestic Disturbances, 9 Oct 2008.

-"More Than One Bad Apple" Nature, 15 Oct 2008.

-"Time to Disinfect Research Dollars" Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12 Oct 2008.

-"Guarding Emory's Ethics" Emory Wheel, 6 Nov 2008.

-Restuccia, Robert, "Let Public See Doctors' Ties to Drug Companies" Atlanta Journal Constitution, 3 Nov 2008.

-"Defusing a time bomb" Nature Biotechnology, Oct 2008.

-"Expert or Shill?" The New York Times, 30 Nov 2008.

-Angell, Marcia, "Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption" The New York Review of Books, 15 Jan 2009.

-"Drug firms' manufactured buzz," Boston Globe Editorial, 25 Aug 2009.

© 2008, Senator Grassley