The pharmaceutical industry has been very generous in making payments to physicians.
Last year (2010), for example, a mere dozen pharmaceutical companies paid $760 million to physicians and other health care providers for consulting, speaking, research and expenses, according to ProPublica's "Dollars for Docs" project. ProPublica has taken "translucent" -- ie, difficult to analyze -- data reported by pharmaceutical companies and created a single database that makes comparisons simple.
The database contains information about payments made to about 500,000 doctors. That's about half of ALL doctors in the US (including Peurto Rico), which averages about $1,520 per doctor (or about $760 per EVERY doctor in the US). Find out which companies pay the most to physicians here: http://bit.ly/pnzydc