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Data shines light on industry payments to researchers, medical experts

“I’ve got the expertise to talk about these new classes of medications in a way that very few people in the country can,” one physician says of consulting for drug makers.

Depoe Bay is the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast.” But besides a resident pod of gray whales, the seaside town is also home to one of the nation’s top medical experts in managing diabetes.

Pharmaceutical Companies Gave Millions of Dollars to Oregon Physicians

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Research Centers Eli Lilly was the largest contributor followed by Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline with and Merck in this comprehensive analysis conducted by ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. The Lund Report extrapolated the Oregon data to present these latest findings.

Pharmaceutical companies handed out at least $40.7 million to Oregon physicians and healthcare institutions between 2009 and 2003.Undoubtedly, this figure does not represent all of the money, according to ProPublica because of the voluntary participation.

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