San Diego Doctors Paid By Drug Companies

Peggy Pico, KPBS

At least 283 of those doctors practice in San Diego. Ten of those doctors earned between $42,000  and $149,000 dollars from drug companies over the past 18 months.

Three of those San Diego doctors who earned between $74,000 and $150,00 from big pharmaceutical companies during that time are a pediatrician, a psychiatrist and internal medicine specialist.

Mike Kalichman, director of The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, said researchers are required to disclose their financial sources—perhaps doctors should be required to do so too.

“If you’re in a practice of prescribing to patients and you’re receiving money from the companies that you’re prescribing the drugs from then it seems you should be comfortable talking about that,” said Kalichman.

To read the entire article from Peggy Pico at KPBS please click here: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2010/oct/21/san-diego-doctors-paid-drug-companies/