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Post by ChronicLyme19 » Tue 10 Feb 2015 21:48

Just came across this, this is apparently part of the new US healthcare act. You can see how much your physician is getting paid/incentivised/gifted by the big pharma companies. First round of data is in.

OpenPaymentsData.CMS.gov

Here's Dr. Horowitz for example, 7 transcations: https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/74241

For comparison, two of the primary care docs in the Hudson Valley, who I saw when I was first sick, same practice:
https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/97261
https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/56702
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Post by ChronicLyme19 » Tue 10 Feb 2015 22:12

Another hot name in Lymeland, Dr. Wormser:
https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/515722
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Post by Lorima » Wed 11 Feb 2015 17:09

Unfortunately, this OpenPaymentsData.MS.gov site seems pretty worthless as a source to check conflicts of interest. Maybe there is some technical reason why hardly any COI are reported there. In contrast, here is the disclosure by Gary Wormser in his NEJM article of 2012):
Supported in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health (AR41511 and AI45801) and the William and Sylvia Silberstein Foundation, to Dr. Schwartz.
Dr. Nadelman reports receiving consulting fees from Guidepoint Global and Decision Resources and serving as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases regarding Lyme disease. Dr. Wormser reports receiving consulting fees from Baxter, serving as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases regarding Lyme disease, holding stock in Abbott, and receiving grant support to his institution from Bio-Rad, DiaSorin, Immunetics, and bioMérieux. No other potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.
Disclosure forms provided by the authors are available with the full text of this article at NEJM.org.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3526003/


I'll check around to see if by some chance Wormser suddenly cut all industry ties by 2013 (the year linked, in CL19's post above).

Ah, here's one from 2013:
G.P.W. has received research grants from Immunetics, Inc., the manufacturer of the C6 ELISA, and from Bio-Rad, DiaSorin, Inc., and bioMérieux SA. He owns equity in Abbott, has been an expert witness in malpractice cases involving Lyme disease, is an unpaid board member of the American Lyme Disease Foundation, has been an expert witness regarding Lyme disease in a disciplinary action for the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, and is a consultant to Baxter on Lyme disease vaccine development. J.A.B. has received research grants from DiaSorin, Inc., Alere, Inc., bioMérieux SA, and Becton, Dickinson to fund separate studies and has submitted a patent application for a point-of-care serodiagnostic test based on the 2-ELISA algorithm described in this paper. A.L. is an employee of and holds equity in Immunetics, Inc., which manufactures the C6 ELISA kit.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3838032/
The IDSA-associated LD thought leaders have access to NIH and CDC funds, so they could get by without industry funding, if it became embarrassing, rather than status-enhancing, to take it. But in the current culture, such involvements are status-enhancing. And there is currently no mechanism to make a drug or test available to the public, without industry involvement, so there is no prospect of changing that.
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Post by ChronicLyme19 » Wed 11 Feb 2015 18:59

Hm, it does seem to have inadequate coverage, but better than nothing?
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Post by Lorima » Fri 13 Feb 2015 0:52

My sense is that if it's very inaccurate, as it seems to be, it is worse than nothing. Someone might naively believe it, and stop looking.
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