St. Petersburg Times
August 30, 2009
There are lots of reasons why your doctor might switch your prescription to a Lilly drug.
One of them might be found in a new online database that lists how much Eli Lilly & Co. paid physicians for their expertise during the first quarter of 2009.
For the first time, Floridians can see if their doctors juggled patient appointments with speaking gigs for the maker of popular drugs like Cymbalta, Zyprexa and Cialis.
Drug companies spend billions on marketing to doctors because it works: Targeted doctors prescribe more of the company’s products.
Lilly was forced to disclose its physician pay data, which it calls a “faculty registry,” as part of a $1.4-billion settlement with the federal government earlier this year.