Now There’s Proof: Docs Who Get Company Cash Tend to Prescribe More Brand-Name Meds

ProPublica calculated brand-name prescribing rates for doctors who received no payments, $0.01 to $100, $100 to $500, $500 to $1,000, $1,000 to $5,000 and more than $5,000 in payments from drug or device companies in 2014. Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; ProPublica analysis. Credit: Sisi Wei/ProPublica

In its ongoing Dollars for Doctors series, on the impact of pharmaceutical industry funding on physicians’ prescribing, ProPublica found that doctors who receive payments from the medical industry prescribe drugs differently on average than their colleagues who don’t. And the more money they receive, the more brand-name medications they tend to prescribe.