www.cjr.org -- How useful would a database cataloguing the money that doctors receive from medical drug and device makers—for speaking, research, meals, travel, etc.—be to journalists trying to ferret out potential conflicts of interest? Just ask ProPublica, which launched its Dollars for Docs database in October 2010. It was the first, freely available resource of its kind, based on data that a dozen drug companies began posting on their websites in 2009 as a result of legal settlements with the federal government.
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