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Disciplined Doctors Crime &
Misconduct Pay Very Well at Big
(The Best Years in Life) Being found guilty of criminal activity or professional misconduct might be expected to curtail opportunities and income for most of us, but such has not been the case with disciplined doctors and Big Pharma. As the ProPublica news agency reported, hundreds of doctors who’ve been sanctioned, fined, suspended and even convicted of crimes have been making big money as drug company speakers, consultants, educators and drug trial overseers.
examined payment records of 7
pharmaceutical companies in 30
states and found 292 disciplined
doctors who earned a collective $7.1
million in 2009-2010 alone.
Accusations against the doctors
included serious medical mistakes,
sexual misconduct, and excessive use
of addictive drugs. Seventy of the
doctors had been sanctioned multiple
times or by more than one state.
Twenty-one of them had three or more
strikes against their records.
A previous New York Times
investigation in 2007 found that in
Minnesota alone at least 103 doctors
who had been disciplined or
criticized by the state medical
board received a total of $1.7
million from drug makers between
1997 to 2005. The median payment
over that period was $1,250; the
largest was $479,000.
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