Drugmaker Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, N.J., released an online disclosure of speaker fees paid to doctors and other medical professionals between July 1 and Sept. 30. The fees ranged between $25 for a single appearance to close to $23,000 for multiple appearances for individual speakers. Merck paid a total of $3.7 million in speaker fees to 1,078 medical professionals during the reported period. The drugmaker plans to release a summary of speaker-fee payments for the third and fourth quarters of 2009 in early 2010, and will then continue with annual reporting of the payments, according to a news release.
Late News: Merck & Co. releases physician speaker fees
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