More than 67% of rheumatologists received payments from drug companies, says new study

Some $33 million was spent by the main pharma companies on doctors between 2019 and 2022, the research found.

Around 5% of doctors in Australia — some 6500 in number — received at least one payment from a pharma company, a new analysis shows.

The payments were tracked from November 2019 to October 2022 and covered doctors’ travel costs for attending events, event registration fees as well as fees for various consultation services, including grants and in‐kind support.