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Med Centers to Reveal Drug Payment$

Amid growing concerns about hefty payments that some doctors receive from industry, The Cleveland Clinic plans to post this income in a public database, the New York Times reported yesterday. Now ABC News says the University of Wisconsin and Duke plan to do the same. These institutions appear to be responding to concerns that drug and device industry payments are biasing doctors' treatment decisions and perhaps research studies. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been investigating the issue for the past few months and wants drug companies to report their payments to doctors in a national database.

(12/5 Update: The University of Pennsylvania is creating a payments database, too)