This list is based on data released by ProPublica on Oct. 19, 2010. They identified 384 health providers who earned more than $100,000 total from one or more of the following seven companies that have disclosed payments in 2009 and early 2010: Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Cephalon and GlaxoSmithKline. ProPublica says it matched the payee records with licensed doctors and registered nurses. When a match could not be found, for example when a recipient was a pharmacist, ProPublica used other sources to confirm their identities. Read more about how ProPublica compiled this information here.
NOTE: The data in WNYC's chart does not reflect the latest updated information available November 18, which means some doctors may have dropped off this list, and others may have been added.
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A note about this database: Only seven drug companies have publicly disclosed the payments they have made to doctors. Therefore, these physicians comprise only a small percentage of the total number of physicians who get paid to speak for pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. This database only includes data from the following seven companies: Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Cephalon and GlaxoSmithKline. There are more than 70 pharmaceutical companies in the U.S.
Top Earners in New York