US website details $3.5bn in industry payments to doctorsBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5979 (Published 01 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5979
- Michael McCarthy
US patients can now find out how much their doctors have received in gifts, fees, and other payments from drug and medical device companies on a new government website launched on 30 September.
Visitors to the “Open Payments” website (www.cms.gov/OpenPayments/index.html) can search its database for details on more than 4.4 million payments totaling $3.5bn (£2.2bn; €2.8bn), made to 546 000 US healthcare providers and over 1300 teaching hospitals. The 4.4 million records cover payments made only in the second half of 2013, from 1 August through …