Big Japan Pharma Payments Exposed

The Waseda Chronicle, Japan's first nonprofit investigative reporting center, unveiled a major project this week exposing nearly $245 million in payments by the pharmaceutical industry to the nation's medical doctors. At the center of the project is a public database, “Money for Docs,” which the reporting team pulled together despite barriers of cost and access put up by the industry. Included are payments made by 71 pharmaceutical firms. Japan's pharma industry is the world's third largest, after the US and China. Fees for "lectures" accounted for 84% of the payments, the team found.

Source: Waseda Chronicle

Posted on: January 15, 2019