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.
You can see the registry by clicking here.
Lilly established the Welcome Back Awards in 1998 to fight the stigma associated with depression and to promote the understanding that depression is treatable. Each year, an independent panel of national mental health leaders recognizes five individuals for their outstanding achievements, and Lilly awards donations ranging between $10,000 and $15,000 to the not-for-profit organization of each winner’s choice.You can read more by clicking here.
Lifetime Achievement: Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D., Tarzana, Calif.
Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D., is an internationally recognized expert on the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders who has used her own three-year struggle with postpartum depression to help educate others through media interviews, speaking engagements and as an author. In addition to her private practice, she is a nationally known forensic expert in women’s reproductive mental health and works with defense counsels in cases of infanticide, pregnancy denial and neonaticide. She is a past president of Postpartum Support International and continues to work with the group to raise awareness of postpartum depression. In 2007, she wrote her first book “The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters.” Additionally, Dr. Barnes has been involved with the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, Calif. for the past two years to implement a comprehensive pregnancy and postpartum screening program.