This story was co-published with NPR, the Boston Globe and the Tampa Bay Times. Doctors have long disputed that the payments they receive from pharmaceutical companies have any relationship to how they prescribe drugs.
A ProPublica analysis has found for the first time that doctors who receive payments from the medical industry do indeed tend to prescribe drugs differently than their colleagues who don’t. And the more money they receive, on average, the more brand-name medications they prescribe. Read more