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Database shows $3.5 billion in industry ties to doctors, hospitals

Database shows $3.5 billion in industry ties to doctors, hospitals

Pulling the curtain back on long-hidden industry relationships, the federal government revealed that U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals had $3.5 billion worth of financial ties with drug and medical-device makers in the last five months of 2013.

The details published Tuesday in a new government database have been sought for years by consumer advocates and lawmakers concerned that conflicts of interest in the medical profession are jeopardizing patient care and costing taxpayer-funded health programs.

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FOR THE RECORD:

Doctor payments: An Oct. 1 article in the Business section...

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