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Editor's Note
August 2016

Industry Payments to Physicians and Prescribing of Brand-name Drugs

JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1123. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2959

Under the Open Payments program (the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, which is part of the Affordable Care Act), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published nearly 16 million financial transactions from health care industries to physicians and teaching hospitals for August 2013 through December 2014. The total value of these payments was $9.92 billion. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon publish billions of dollars of additional transactions from 2015. Health care companies are investor-owned businesses that are obliged to maximize profits by any legal means. They are not charities; clearly they believe that billions of dollars of investments will have good returns.

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