Every year pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers hire doctors as consultants and endorsers for their products, however an analysis by ProPublica shows that many hundreds of these doctors have various sanctions against them, some which are very serious. A repeat offender of this is Stryker Corp. In 2015, the company hired two doctors, one with sanctions for improper prescription of pain medications that resulted in 3 years of probation and a $50,000 fine; the other doctor had a $16,000 fine, psychological evaluation, 60 day suspension, and 7 year probation for an improper sexual relationship. That doctor still needs a third party present when treating female patients. These doctors were paid well over $10,000 for their services, despite their serious and arguably criminal actions.
ProPublica did their research in 5 states total, Texas, California, New York, Florida, and New Jersey. It showed that between 2013 and 2015 at least 2,300 doctors in those states received payments despite history of misconduct. Some of the incidents included inappropriate prescriptions of addictive drugs, medical insurance fraud, and both serious and mild cases of sexual misconduct. Of those 2,300 only 40 had their licenses revoked or surrendered, only 180 received a suspension, and 250 received probation. That means roughly one fifth of doctors with histories of misconduct receive any punishment at all, and when they do, can still be hired on by companies such as Stryker Corp for thousands and thousands of dollars.
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