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Merck discloses $3.7m paid to US doctors for speeches over three months

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4409 (Published 26 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4409
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Merck listed $3.7m in payments to US medical experts for speaking on behalf of the company or its products between 1 July and 30 September of this year. It followed Eli Lilly in disclosing payments to doctors who speak for companies.

    Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline have promised to make similar disclosures, according to the Associated Press news agency (www.ap.org, 19 Oct 2009, “Merck starts revealing payments to doctor-speakers”).

    The list on Merck’s website discloses payments to 1078 doctors and other experts who took part in Merck speaking engagements during July-September. The list includes the names …

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