Today Eli Lilly released a list of doctors who received payment from them for various activities including Patient Education, Healthcare Professional Education and Advising/Consulting. In Q1 of this year, Lilly paid out a total of $22 million to those on this list.
I am hopeful other pharmaceutical companies will follow in Lilly’s footsteps. After this past year filled with failed disclosures from faculty members across the country it is encouraging to see a movement towards transparency. As patients and consumers, we should be aware of the finances which may affect our treatment. If our physician has been paid by a pharmaceutical company we should be made aware of this.
Lilly’s site also includes a guide explaining how to read the Registry although it seemed pretty straightforward to me.