A cardiologist, endocrinologist, psychiatrist, nurse practitioner and allergist. These five medical professionals in Burbank and Glendale may have different specialties, but they have one source of income in common — drug companies.
Since 2009, 33 medical professionals in Burbank and Glendale have been paid roughly $500,000 by eight pharmaceutical companies for speaking engagements and other services, with nearly 70% of the cash spread among five practitioners, according to a database compiled by national investigative news organization ProPublica.
Eight drug companies have paid doctors across the country more than $320 million since 2009. Most doctors receive the paychecks for giving product lectures or pitching their colleagues in one-on-one meetings, sometimes over dinner at expensive restaurants. Others host teleconferences or provide consulting services.