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           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
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Dr. Alan Schatzberg, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University
Dr. Joseph Biederman, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University
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-Armstrong, David and Mundy, Alicia, "J&J Emails Raise Issues of Risperdal Promotion" The Wall Street Journal, 25 Nov 2008.
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Dr. Charles Nemeroff, Chairman of Psychiatry, Emory University
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-Guess, Andy, "Researchers' Financial Disclosures in the Spotlight" Inside Higher Ed, 12 June 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.
-Han, Tiffany and Rizzo, Salvador, "A National Policy Issue, But Close to Home" Emory Wheel, 6 Nov 2008.
-Meier, Barry, "Ties Between Doctors and Stent Makers Queried" The New York Times, 16 Oct 2008.
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-"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.