The Star Tribune today has more details from the reports filed with the Minnesota Pharmacy Board about drug company payments to physicians. Minnesota and Vermont are the only two states that require drug companies to publicly disclose such payments.
The paper's lede:
Dr. Inder Anand went to Paris. Dr. David Lowe went to Mankato. And Dr. Rex Haberman traveled across the United States.
The three Minnesota doctors took the trips at the expense of pharmaceutical companies, which paid them tens of thousands of dollars in 2005 for their expertise and time.
The paper also reported:
Meanwhile, the reporting system that tracks payments in Minnesota was criticized in this week's journal article as flawed and incomplete.
State officials confirmed that one drug maker, Pfizer, did not file a 2005 report with the pharmacy board, even though it reported $2.8 million in payments in 2004.
"I'll be sending them a letter," said Cody Wiberg, the board's executive director. A Pfizer attorney did not return a call for comment Thursday.
Because of the increased public interest in the filings, Wiberg said the board will post copies of the documents on the board's website.
Eventually, he wants to put all of the information in a database so the public can search by doctors' names.
The paper lists some of the big givers and some of the big receivers.