Video Now Online "Dollars for Docs" on The American Law Journal: Lawyers Discuss the Law That Requires Doctors to Report Payments from Pharmaceutical Companies

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The question is whether a drug company to physician payment system is necessary. Following the U.S. Department of Justice investigation and public sentiment, the question may take awhile to be answered.

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Some doctors can reap more than a salary, or two, or three. Patients need to know if their physician is prescribing drugs from a drug company that paid the doctor."

The final regulations that will determine how the [Physician Payment Sunshine Act were implemented in early 2013 by the Centers for Medicaid Services, but there is missing data, recording errors, and continuing criticism of the disclosure requirements from the pharmaceutical industry and doctors.

The American Law Journal video now online is "Physician Payment Sunshine Act: Ethical Necessity or Excessive Burden?"

Host Christopher Naughton's panel includes plaintiff's attorney Claudine Homolash of Sheller, P.C. and corporate defense counsel Raymond Williams of DLA Pipe. Journalist and editor of Pharmalot industry news, Ed Silverman, joined the discussion.

Reshma Ramachandran, fellow with the American Medical Student Association contributed to the conversation from CNN-Washington to explain how marketing-based medical education is shifting back to evidence-based training and medical practice standards.

Homolash said "Some doctors can reap more than a salary, or two, or three. Patients need to know if their physician is prescribing drugs from a drug company that paid the doctor."

The weekly feature segment reported on the $3 billion GlaxoSmithKline settlement and Department of Justice investigations revealing payment to Dr. Drew Pinsky, celebrity physician, for touting an anti-depressant off-label for enhanced sexual and weight-loss benefits.

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