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Despite potential conflicts of interest, more than half of eligible U.S. physicians received a payment from a pharmaceutical drug or device maker over 10 years, according to a new analysis

In a March 28 research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found the “industry” made over 85 million payments to more than 820,300 eligible physicians across 39 specialties from 2013 to 2022. Nearly 94% of the payments were related to one or more marketed medical products.

Researchers analyzed data in the Open Payments database to determine the payments made across different specialties and the medical products associated with the largest total payments. Open Payments was founded in 2013 as part of a federal transparency program established out of concern that financial relationships between physicians and the industry unduly influenced healthcare decision-making and costs.

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