Half of US physicians receive industry payments, study findsBMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2170 (Published 03 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2170
- Michael McCarthy
Nearly half of US physicians receive payments from the drug, medical device, and related medical industries, and surgeons and male physicians are more likely to do so, a US study has found.1
The study leader, Jona A Hattangadi-Gluth, of the University of California, San Diego, based in La Jolla, said that most payments were relatively small but that many specialists receive more than $10 000 (£7750; $9160) a year from industry, including 11% of orthopedic surgeons, 12% of neurologists, and 13% of neurosurgeons.
She said, “The data suggest that these payments are much more pervasive than we thought and [that] there is much more money going directly to physicians than …