At least $200M paid to docs by medical device industry

According to the federal Open Payments database recently launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the medical device industry paid doctors at least $200 million last year. The database is taking heat, however, for being generally inaccurate, incomplete and difficult to navigate. The agency itself admits that there are many kinks in the database, including an unaccounted-for $1 billion paid to physicians last year. Neither physicians nor general users have had luck using the slow, easy-to-crash database, although the goal of the program was to make this information easily accessible to the general public. Story

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