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 Post subject: Whose Pocket is YOUR sugeon in?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 8:16 pm 
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It is useful to know what financial relationships your surgeon may have. If you were damaged by a VISX laser, for example, a paid VISX consultant would be a bad choice as a 2nd opinion doctor.

Post surgeon's names followed by affilitation and the SOURCE of the information below. It has been suggested that Eyeworld is a good source of this information as the author of the article often has potential conflicts of interest listed at the bottom. The eyeworld link could serve as the source of the information.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler- Director, Boxer Wachler Vision Institute, Beverly Hills, Calif. Contact him at 310-860-1900, bbw@boxerwachler.com.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler has a financial interest in Alcon.
Source: http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2694

Dr. Elizabeth Davis - Adjunct clinical professor of ophthalmology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Contact her at 952-885-2467, eadavis@mneye.com.

Dr. Elizabeth Davis has a financial interest in Advanced Medical Optics, Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, and Staar Surgical.
Source: http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2694


Dr. David R. Hardten - David Hardten, M.D., adjunct associate professor of ophthalmology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Contact him at 612-813-3632, drhardten@mneye.com.

Dr. David Hardten has a financial interest in Advanced Medical Optics Inc. (AMO, Santa Ana, Calif.), Alcon Laboratories, Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas), Allergan (Irvine, Calif.), Bausch & Lomb (Rochester, N.Y.), OPHTEC (Boca Raton, Fla.), Refractec (Irvine, Calif.), Staar Surgical (Monrovia, Calif.), TLC Vision.
Source: http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2694


Dr. Louis D. ?Skip? Nichamin - Medical director, Laurel Eye Clinic, Brookville, Pa. Contact him at 814-849-8344, nichamin@laureleye.com.

Dr. Louis Nichamin has a financial interest in Bausch & Lomb, and Refractec (Irvine, Calif.).
Source: http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2694

Lee T. Nordan, MD, is President and CEO of Vision Membrane Technologies, Inc. Dr. Nordan may be reached at (760) 930-9696; laserltn@aol.com.


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Stephen G. Slade is a consultant for Bausch & Lomb and Alcon.

713-626-5544, fax 713-626-7744, sgs@visiontexas.com

Stephen S. Lane, M.D., clinical professor, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, is an Alcon consultant. He is also chief medical editor of EyeWorld.

651-275-3000, sslane@associatedeyecare.com


Source: EyeWorld, Aug. 2005


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Richard Lindstrom, M.D., has a financial interest in AMO (VISX).

612-813-3633, fax 612-813-3660


source: EyeWorld, March 2004

http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2768

Dr. Lindstrom has a financial interest in AcuFocus Inc. (Atlanta), and Advanced Medical Optics (Santa Ana, Calif.), BD Ophthalmic Systems (Franklin Lakes, N.J.), Bausch & Lomb (Rochester, N.Y.), Calhoun Vision (Pasadena, Calif.), CIBA Vision (Duluth, Ga.), eyeonics (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Laser Vision Centers (St. Louis), OPHTEC (Boca Raton, Fla.), Refractec (Irvine, Calif.), Santen (Napa, Calif.), Slack, Inc. (Thorofare, N.J.), STAAR Surgical (Monrovia, Calif.), TLC Vision, and Tracey Technologies (Houston).

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Lindstrom: 612-813-3633, rllindstrom@mneye.com


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http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2765

Dr. Donnenfeld has a financial interest in Advanced Medical Optics (Santa Ana, Calif.), Alcon (Forth Worth, Texas), Allergan (Irvine, Calif.), Bausch & Lomb (Rochester, N.Y.), TLC Vision (St. Louis), and VISX (Santa Clara, Calif.). Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, is a partner in Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Connecticut, and he is Co-Chairman of Corneal and External Disease at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York. He is a consultant for Allergan, Inc.; Alcon Laboratories, Inc.; Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.; TLC Laser Eye Centers; and Bausch & Lomb, and he performs research for Alcon Laboratories, Inc.; Allergan, Inc.; and Santen, Inc. Dr. Donnenfeld may be reached at (516) 766-2519; eddoph@aol.com.


Dr. Lane has a financial interest in Advanced Vision Science (Goleta, Calif.), Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, Medennium (Irvine, Calif.), Surgical Specialities Corporation (Reading, Pa.), and VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies (Saratoga, Calif.).

Dr. Salz has a financial interest in Alcon and Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (San Francisco).

Dr. Solomon has a financial interest in Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, and IntraLase Corp. (Irvine, Calif.).

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Donnenfeld: 516-766-2519, eddoph@aol.com
Lane: 651-275-3000, sslane@AssociatedEyeCare.com
Nordan: 760-431-1846, laserltn@aol.com
Salz: 323-653-3800, jjsalzeye@aol.com


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http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2866

Dr. Terrence P. O?Brien has a financial interest in VISX (now Advanced Medical Optics, Santa Ana, Calif.).

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O?Brien: 561-515-1500, tobrien@med.miami.edu


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http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/health/lasik22.htm

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''You hire an experienced surgeon and he'll use the device that gives him or her the best results,'' said Dr. Robert Maloney, clinical professor of ophthalmology at University of California Los Angeles, and a paid consultant for Bausch & Lomb, a maker of Lasik devices.

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"What concerns me is that if the person informing the patient is themselves poorly or inaccurately informed then how on earth can consent ever be truly informed?" Dr. Sarah Smith


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http://www.crstoday.com/PDF%20Articles/ ... focus.html

Roger F. Steinert, MD, is Professor and Vice Chair at the University of California, Irvine. He is a consultant to Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., but states that he holds no financial interest in the procedure described herein. Dr. Steinert may be reached at (949) 824-8089; steinert@uci.edu.

Karl G. Stonecipher, MD, is Director of Refractive Surgery at Southeastern Eye Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a consultant to Allergan, Inc., Wavelight Laser Technologie AG, and Intralase Corp. Dr. Stonecipher may be reached at (800) 632-0428; stonenc@aol.com.

Perry S. Binder, MS, MD, practices at the Gordon Binder Weiss Vision Institute in San Diego. He is a paid consultant for Intralase Corp. Dr. Binder may be reached at (858) 455-6800; garrett23@aol.com.

Douglas D. Koch, MD, is Professor and the Allen, Mosbacher, and Law Chair in Ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He is a paid consultant for Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., and for Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Koch may be reached at (713) 798-6443; dkoch@bcm.tmc.edu.

Louis E. Probst, MD, serves as Medical Director, TLC The Laser Eye Centers in Chicago, Madison, and Greenville, Illinois. He is a consultant for Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., TLCVision, and Intralase Corp. Dr. Probst may be reached at (708) 562-2020.

Lee T. Nordan, MD, is a technology consultant for Vision Membrane Technologies, Inc., in San Diego, California.
Dr. Nordan may be reached at (858) 361-5632; laserltn@aol.com.

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"What concerns me is that if the person informing the patient is themselves poorly or inaccurately informed then how on earth can consent ever be truly informed?" Dr. Sarah Smith


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http://www.osnsupersite.com/view.asp?rID=22329

Dr. Durrie is a paid consultant for IntraLase Corp.

http://www.crstodayeurope.com/Html%20pa ... slade.html

Stephen G. Slade, MD, is medical director of Slade & Baker Vision Center, in Houston. He is a consultant for Alcon Laboratories, Bausch & Lomb, and Intralase Corp. Dr. Slade may be reached at sgs@visiontexas.com or +1 713 626-5544.

http://www.osnsupersite.com/view.asp?rID=21768

Daniel S. Durrie, MD, can be reached at 5520 College Blvd., Suite 200, Overland Park, KS 66211; 913-491-3330; fax: 913-491-9650; e-mail: ddurrie@durrievision.com. Dr. Durrie is a clinical investigator for IntraLase and a paid consultant for Alcon.
Ronald R. Krueger, MD, can be reached at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Ave., Room i32, Cleveland, OH 44195; 216-444-8158; fax: 216-445-8475; e-mail: krueger@ccf.org. Dr. Krueger receives travel and research support from Alcon.
Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, is the Chief Medical Editor of Ocular Surgery News. He is in private practice at Minnesota Eye Consultants, 710 E. 24th St., Suite 106, Minneapolis, MN 55404; 612-813-3600; fax: 612-813-3660; e-mail: rllindstrom@mneye.com. Dr. Lindstrom is a consultant for Advanced Medical Optics, Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, IntraLase and VISX.

http://crstoday.com/PDF%20Articles/0306 ... Assil.html

Kerry K. Assil, MD, is Medical Director of the Assil Eye Institute in Santa Monica and in Beverly Hills, California. He is a paid consultant for Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. Dr. Assil may be reached at (310) 828-2082; kassil@assilsinskey.com.

http://www.crstoday.com/PDF%20Articles/ ... ision.html

Stephen F. Brint, MD, is in private practice at Brint Custom Vision and is Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University School of Medicine, both in New Orleans. He is a paid consultant for Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Brint may be reached at (504) 888-2020; brintmd@aol.com.

http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid ... ry=Maloney

Dr. Maloney is a consultant for Advanced Medical Optics (AMO, Santa Ana, Calif.), Calhoun Vision (Pasadena, Calif.), and Bausch & Lomb (Rochester, N.Y.).

http://www.crstoday.com/PDF%20Articles/ ... laday.html

Jack T. Holladay, MD, MSEE, FACS, is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and President of the Holladay LASIK Institute in Bellaire, Texas. He is a consultant to Nidek, Inc., and Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. Dr. Holladay may be reached at (713) 668-7337; holladay@docholladay.com.

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"What concerns me is that if the person informing the patient is themselves poorly or inaccurately informed then how on earth can consent ever be truly informed?" Dr. Sarah Smith


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http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=3420

"Editors' note: Dr. Dougherty is a consultant for Allergan (Irvine, Calif.), BD Ophthalmic Systems (Waltham, Mass.), and Nidek (Fremont, Calif.). Dr. Durrie is a consultant for Alcon Laboratories (Fort Worth, Texas), Nidek, WaveLight, and other ophthalmic companies. Dr. Hardten is a consultant for AMO,TLCVision and does research for Alcon, Bausch & Lomb (Rochester, N.Y.), and other ophthalmic companies. Dr. MacRae is a consultant for Bausch & Lomb. Dr. Schallhorn has no financial interests related to his comments. Dr. Whitten is a consultant for AMO/VISX."

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Dougherty: 805-987-5300, pjdmd2002@yahoo.com
Durrie: 913-491-3737, ddurrie@durrievision.com
Hardten: 612-813-3632, drhardten@mneye.com
MacRae: 585-273-2020, Scott_Macrae@urmc.rochester.edu
Schallhorn: 619-532-6702, scschallhorn@nmcsd.med.navy.mil
Whitten: 800-626-5273, mark.whitten@tlcvision.com



http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2457

"Daniel S. Durrie, M.D., director of refractive surgery, Durrie Vision, Overland Park, Kan."

"Ronald R. Krueger, M.D., medical director, Department of Refractive Surgery, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland."

"Editors? note: Ms. Cross is an Alcon employee. Dr. Carones is a consultant for Alcon. Dr. Krueger is a speaker for Alcon and receives travel support and some research funds for clinical trials. Dr. Durrie is a clinical investigator for Alcon."

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Carones: +39-02-7631-8174, fax +39-02-7631-8506, fcarones@carones.com
Cross: 817-551-8696, Holly.cross@alconlabs.com
Durrie: 913-491-3737, fax 913-491-9650, Ddurrie@durrievision.com
Krueger: 216-444-8158, fax 216-445-8475, krueger@ccf.org



http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=2267

"The study, authored by Peter Hersh, M.D., an Alcon (Forth Worth, Texas) consultant concluded that ?patients treated on the LADARVision laser had almost twice the rate of retreatment (18.2%) compared with the Summit Apex Plus laser (9.7%),? which is no longer manufactured."

"Richard J. Mackool, M.D., Astoria, N.Y., an Alcon consultant"
"Editors? note: Drs. Omar, Schallhorn, Frenkel, Stulting and Rubinfeld have no financial interests related to their comments. Drs. Mackool and Hersh are consultants for Alcon."

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Beers: 301-594-2018 ext 136, fax 301-827-4601, etb@cdrh.fda.gov
Frenkel: 757-552-0800, fax 757-497-5900, ronfrenkel3945@yahoo.com
Hersh: 917-225-8965, 201-692-9646, phersh@vision-institute.com
MacHatton: 817-551-8974, Doug.MacHatton@AlconLabs.com
Mackool: 718-728-3400, fax 718-728-4882, mackooleye@aol.com
Omar: 407-389-0800, fax 407-650-3400, omar_eye@yahoo.com
Rubinfeld: 301-654-5114, 301-654-9132, Rubinkr1@aol.com
Schallhorn: 619-532-6702, fax 619-532-7272, scschallhorn@nmcsd.med.navy.mil
Stulting: 404-778-6166, ophtrds@emory.edu


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 Post subject: Physician Payments Sunshine Act
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http://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/ophth ... ail/461546


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Physicians and the medical industry have long had intertwining paths. Physicians serve as consultants to drug and device companies or work with manufacturers to develop an idea for a new instrument. Companies might pay physicians to conduct research or to present lectures at medical conferences.

Both physicians and industry would say they pursue these relationships to help patients. Although that sounds altruistic, drug and device manufacturers also have another audience to please: their shareholders, who hope that their investment in these physicians will boost sales.

Now these relationships are starting to attract the attention of legislators, other physicians, and the public as questions are raised about how much influence drug and device companies have on physicians who accept gifts or financial compensation.

A new bill introduced Sept. 6 by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) aims to shed unprecedented light on those relationships by requiring drug and medical device manufacturers with revenues greater than $100 million to declare publicly the amount of money they pay physicians. According to the bill, called the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services would create a Web site in which companies would be required to disclose payments, gifts, honoraria, and travel, along with the name of each physician, the value of each payment or gift, its purpose, and what, if anything, was given in exchange.

?Companies wouldn?t be paying this money unless it had a direct effect on the prescriptions doctors write and the medical devices they use,? Sen. Grassley said on the Senate floor as he introduced the bill.

Sen. Grassley?s efforts coincide with a House of Representatives bill, introduced in August by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), in which he proposes that all conflicts of interest should be eliminated from the FDA?s advisory panels.


?Patients have the right to know if drug and device makers are attempting to influence physician prescribing decisions with gifts, consultations, and travel.?

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Dr. Parke, the Edward Gaylord Professor and chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, called financial compensation by industry ?one of the most significant issues? of the moment and predicted that physician acceptance of industry gifts would be very different in 5 years.

?The key issue here is, the patients and the public must have trust in their physicians and must have trust that the care they are receiving is free of any taint of bias, regardless of how unintentional it is,? he said.

?As a physician, I feel very comfortable that the vast majority of my colleagues would never intentionally make a patient-care decision on the basis of corporate bias,? Dr. Parke added. ?And yet, study after study [has] revealed the pervasive nature? of industry gifts.

Even if physicians think they can remain objective while accepting industry compensation, they really cannot, Dr. Lichter agreed.

?If industry can make us feel it?s done to educate our colleagues in an ?up and up? way, the better it is for industry,? he said. ?But, in fact, industry is doing this to increase its bottom line.?


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