Drugs companies paid nearly €52m to doctors, hospitals last year

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The pharmaceuticals industry spend nearly €52m sponsoring Dutch doctors and healthcare institutions last year, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.

This is a rise of 36% on 2014, according to research by the healthcare transparency monitor Transparantieregister Zorg.

Of this, €8.6m went to 3,814 doctors. Most doctors just did one sponsored job for the pharma firms, but the best paid picked up €127,000 for working for the industry. Patient groups picked up €2.2m.


Most of the cash which went to care institutions was also spent on one-off projects although the biggest earner picked up €1.7m. In addition, one institution carried out 148 projects for drugs companies, the Volkskrant said.

Openness

Doctors’ organisation KNMG told the Volkskrant it would look carefully at the figures put pointed out fewer than 7% of doctors actually earn money on the side from the pharmaceuticals industry.

The sector’s own lobby group Nefarma said the amount of sponsorship money has gone up because openness ab…



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